Kirsten Johnson, Lib Dem PPC for North Devon, joined a crowd of hundreds to see the Christmas lights being turned on in South Molton on Friday, November 16th.
Kirsten says, “This was a great community event, with a joyful and festive atmosphere. I congratulate South Molton Town Council on putting on such a fantastic display for the town. No doubt the many people who come to shop in South Molton over the Christmas period will enjoy these lovely lights and spend a lot of money in the various delightful shops in the town”.
The lights display started in earnest about ten years ago when Cllrs Sue Sewell and David Worden each gave 50% (£500 each) of their community grant to supplement the traders’ lights in South Molton. It helped to inspire the desire to tastefully add to the number of lights each year and with the aid of the annual town council’s contribution they now have a fantastic display. The town clerk was receptive to the idea of having a lights switch on evening with a personality doing the count down. For the past couple of years Gordon Sparks has done this honour.
This year, The Mayor, Christine Lock introduced two people involved in the South West Children’s Hospice and collectors for the hospice circulated among the crowds. Various stalls and entertainment were provided in the Pannier Market and the lights switch on was followed by a professional display of fireworks in the central park.