Is it really that time already? Do you put the lights up earlier and earlier?
Well, no we don’t. The formula of five clear shopping weeks before Christmas for the switch-on has been in place for years, and it is that time of the year again, and on Sunday 7th October the Light Brigade started work on the 2018 display, initially by testing a third of the anchorages in the buildings around the town. One week later, we will be starting putting the lights up proper, initially the festoon lights which zig-zag the way down the various streets.
Will there be anything new this year? – that is the other question. Well, we are planning two new pieces, to replace two mains-powered units with new, low-voltage LED items, home-built as usual. They may not be as large as the huge Christmas Tree with Father Christmas throwing up a star which was erected last year, but they all take a great deal of time to devise and manufacture. There will hopefully be a small extension in Pump Street, although plans to reach the bypass may have been stymied by technical difficulties in getting the various permissions in place, so the final work there may be for next year. Anyway, it all depends on the weather, and how well it all goes, so we will see.
As ever, apologies for the inevitable delays in town whilst we work. It should be well worth it in the end!