Last year’s Christmas lights could be the last – unless more practical help from the Littleport community is forthcoming.
You will have noticed that there were a few glitches – with some lights not functioning as they should and actually not being in all the old established places they should have been.
The absence of the sleigh due to licensing protocols notwithstanding, the festive lights themselves are now at risk from a lack of electrically minded and strong volunteers to attend to them – and difficulty ensuring the power supply.
In previous Christmas times the shop owners and service providers in the village centre not only contributed directly financially, but also contributed indirectly by allowing their businesses own electricity source to be used as ‘pick up points’ to power the lights.
These philanthropists included J.H.Adams Hardware, Bamber’s Electricals, Goodson’s Greengrocery, and Page’s Gift Shop – all now gone.
Also unable to continue the actual installation are many of the old and older volunteers and even those who are left are now in their seventies! However although there have been two or three younger people already recruited to the team of installers many more are needed!
A long-standing member of the Rotary Club told Littleport Life, ”We would like a firm commitment from all our new business leaders in the village to support this year’s festive light decorations, and the Christmas Celebration Lights Committee, to ensure that this lovely tradition continues even better than before!
Let’s not go back to the ‘dark ages’ with an unlit up shopping centre and a Christmas Tree without sparkle!” If you can help please email us and someone will get back to you.