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BIG THANKS TO THE XMAS LIGHTS TEAM


01 December 2013 

New Ferry's christmas lights are shining once again, having returned after a four year absence.

A dedicated team of local residents spent much of November giving up their spare time, and taking days off work, to repair the christmas lights which had been stored in the Village Hall since they were last used in 2009/2010.

Between 2010 and this year, nobody was willing to carry out the repairs that were required.  The lights were originally purchased by New Ferry Regeneration Action Group in 2005/2006 when Wirral Borough Council withdrew from organising christmas lights across the borough.  Each year, NFRAG had to bid for funding to carry out annual repairs and to put them up, but this funding became increasingly difficult to secure and the community representatives who originally worked on getting the lights ready each year left the organisation to live abroad.

This year, however, the New Ferry Town Team Partnership agreed to release half of the 10,000 secured from the Portas Pilots funding earlier in 2013 to pay for the 1,000 repairs needed and the cost of putting up the lights.  The lighting contractor who put them up was Wirral-based Surfacelux.

Although the lights were put up on Thursday 28th November, some 8 of the 40 power sockets on the lighting columns were found to be faulty. Wirral Borough Council has contacted its lighting contractor Colas to make repairs to the sockets as soon as possible so that the remaining lights can be switched on some time in early December.

The bulk of the lights, however, are now working for the 10% discount day which several New Ferry traders have agreed to on Saturday 7th December.

Pictured left to right are John Blainey, Anita Hassinen, Andy Booth, Ashley White, Mark Craig and Stewart Finch as they completed work on the 40th light.

 
 
 


     
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