A brighter Christmas could be on the cards in Midhurst

Christmas in the market square
Christmas in the market square
  • The Midhurst Town Team has approached the town council to talk about the future of the Christmas lights
  • Traders would like to see a ‘switch-on’ event at Christmas
  • Talks are being arranged to look at the possibilities

AN enterprising initiative to put Midhurst on the Christmas map may be in the pipeline.

Traders have approached the town council with the aim of setting up a joint group to extend and replace Christmas lights and organise a public ‘switch-on’ festive event.

The current display has served us well, but it is time to update.

The plea from the Midhurst Town Team comes as town councillors are putting together their budget for the coming year.

And among their priorities, they want to set £13,200 aside to replace the current lights on the existing 21 columns.

Geoff Allnutt, chairman of the town team, told town councillors the team had a budget of more than £5,000 which could be put towards the town council’s own budget for lighting.

He said he was offering the support of the town team to ‘develop the future offering of Christmas lights in the town’.

“We are very aware that the town council has led the often thankless task of ensuring the town has had Christmas lights over recent years, but are also aware that there could be an opportunity to build upon this work.”

“We would welcome the town council’s help and advice regarding how this could be progressed.

“Our overall aim is to make the lighting across the town even better with a view to being able to have in the future, a central ‘switch-on’ date as other town do.”

He said there was a small group of volunteers in the team willing to work with town councillors.

Vice-chairman of the council John Quilter said it could be difficult to organise a switch-on across the whole town, but he would be disappointed if the possibility was not examined.

“It would be a good way of generating more interest to people in using the town centre.”

Chairman of the finance and general purposes committee Carol Lintott said she welcomed the offer and looked forward to meeting them and discussing a switch-on event.

Steve Morley, the council’s representative on the town team, said: “The current display has served us well, but it is time to update.

“There have been major advances in the technology of theatrical and public lighting which we can 
make use of. I look forward to hearing the ideas of both parties.”

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