Talk, Talk spreads the message with £1,400 donation for Christmas lights
Two other companies have joined Waitrose in giving a boost to Marlborough’s Christmas lights decorations by making a direct donation to the town council.
On top of Waitrose’s £520 collected from its green disc community matters scheme, the Talk Talk mobile phone and broadband company have added £1,400 and the High Street store Lighting of Distinction a further £150.
“That’s fantastic and we hope other firms will follow their example,” Councillor Richard Pitts, who chairs the council’s Amenities and Open Spaces Committee, told Marlborough News Online.
There is to be no Christmas tree on the The Green this year. Instead the council proposed lighting up the yew tree that stands outside St Mary’s church and the adjoining avenue of lime trees.
But lighting up the limes on a permanent basis will cost £1,800 alone. So only this part of the project is to go ahead this Christmas.
“The limes will provide a canopy of twinkling lights everyone can see as they drive into the High Street and create a good Christmas atmosphere,” said Mr Pitts.
The council will cover the cost of the main High Street lights – there is no contribution from traders in general this year – the bill being reduced thanks to the contribution of Wheelers, the local firm who maintain the cascades of blue lights.
“People are being supportive and helpful and we are grateful for that,” said Mr Pitts.