Future of Southwold’s Christmas lights under threat

Southwold Christmas lights switch on 2017. Photo: Michael Ladd.

Southwold Christmas lights switch on 2017. Photo: Michael Ladd. - Credit: Archant

The future of Southwold's Christmas lights are under threat due to rising costs and increased health and safety regulations.

The event, which will run on Saturday, November 24 this year, provides some festive cheer to the town around the holiday season.

Organised by a small team of volunteers, people are being urged to lend a hand to helping organise the events.

Chairman of the management team, Michael Ladd, said: 'There is a small team of half a dozen dedicated individuals who have worked tirelessly in the last six years to operate within a decreasing budget and costs are increasing every year.

'We are very grateful to Adnams who are our main sponsor and to all those other local organisations who continue to support the event, but it is getting more and more difficult each year to balance the income against the increasing costs and peoples expectation.'

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Anyone who is interested in getting involved with the organisation of the Christmas lights or arranging a fundraising event, contact Mr Ladd on 01502 724337.

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