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Fresh appeal for lights cash

By Jo Deeks on Thursday, 11th November 1999.

COUNCIL PLEADS FOR FUNDS FROM TRADERS

AN APPEAL to businesses for cash to help add even more sparkle to Haverhill's Christmas lights display has been launched by the Town Council this week.
Last Christmas an anonymous donor gave the town an early gift with a 7,000 donation to replace the lights on the town's tree, which had been widely criticised.
This year Maggie Lee, the Town Council Leader, has been working with Ted Brewster, of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, to create an exciting new scheme for the Market Square, which will be the centrepiece of this years illuminations.
Most of the funding will come from the donation, with some from the Borough Council, but this week Coun Lee has launched the Christmas Lights Appeal.
This is aimed to raise money from the commercial businesses who will benefit from the town looking good this year and into the New Millennium.
Letters have been sent out to 140 town centre traders requesting donations to the appeal to raise 3,000, with the Town Council match funding all donations made by businesses.
"Christmas in Haverhill is getting better on an annual basis - last year was a turning point with the anonymous donation and it made me realise that people really do care about our town.
"This year will be the Market Square and hopefully with enough support from traders we can go on expanding the lights to bring sparkle to the whole of the town," Coun Lee said.
Ted Brewster said since taking over the provision of Christmas lights in Haverhill from the Chamber of Commerce, the Borough Council has invested heavily in new lights and new supply points.
Haverhill Town Council has also taken a leading role in organising the lights Switch-On on Thursday November 25 at 4.30pm, as well as arrangements for the Family Christmas Night on Friday December 10.
A Winter in Haverhill brochure listing these events, as well as the New Year's Eve laser display and information over the holiday period, will be available from Monday.

Haverhill Weekly News

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