Thousands of visitors came

We at Shining lights were very sad to read the letter to the Observer.

By the time this goes to print you will see a statement from The Festive Lighting Company admitting liability for failing to install all the lighting in time for the big switch on.

Once we are fully briefed and have had our meeting with the company directors we will endeavour to organise a traders meeting in the new year. We can only apologise to you and a couple of other shops that feel so let down.

Now that the lights are up in your road we hope you don’t feel short changed.

We do find it hard to believe that you would prefer the carrots that festooned the lampposts in previous years but then we all do have different tastes in décor.

To refer to the switch on night as a ‘shambles’ we found quite offensive to be honest.

We brought around 8,000 people into our wonderful little town that day,so we would disagree with your opinion there. We have learned a lot in our first year in doing this.

We have given up a lot of our time, family time, to do this for our town.

We all wanted the same thing and that was to bring back the magic of Christmas that was lost here for along time and unite the community once again at this special time.

Aside from the installation issues we have had, we are very proud of ourselves and have received amazing support from local businesses and the public, for which we are very grateful indeed.

Rest assured we will be back bigger and better for Christmas 2016. On that note we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry Christmas.

Andrew Crotty

Michael Matthews

Anna Beale


Shining Lights

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