Christmas lights switch-on saved

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The future of Clare’s Christmas lights has been secured after a number of volunteers stepped in to help.

The big switch-on and display has become an important annual event for the town, having been running for more than 20 years.

But it was placed in jeopardy after members of the organising committee announced they were all standing down due to work and family commitments.

A call was made to find new volunteers by the end of the year or risk losing the lights, and last week a number of willing helpers put their names forward to take up the reins.

Pippa Smith, one of the four people who had been on the outgoing committee for seven years, said: “It is not properly formed and they have not decided who will chair it, but we have got half-a-dozen people who are willing to work on the committee, which is good. I wasn’t sure if people would want to take it on and they have.

“It is good for the town and everybody has been really positive. I think everyone agrees it makes the town look lovely.

“When the lights are up, people come to look at them and visit the town and it is a good boost for businesses.”

This year’s switch-on takes place on November 29, with a children’s procession led by a piper from the parish church at 5.45pm to the switch on at Market Hill at 6pm.

Local businesses and residents will contribute towards the fun.

Cafes and pubs are open and mince pies, mulled wine and hot dogs will be on sale.