The Christmas lights show in Hoole was able to go on - thanks to a last minute intervention from two local councillors.
Locals had a momentary panic when they realised the community had run out of funding for this year’s Christmas lights just before their big annual event on November 14.
When they contacted their local councillors in the hope they could help save the day by using funds from their community budgets, Cllr Alex Black and Cllr Angie Chidley say they were happy to oblige.
Cllr Black told The Chronicle: “When local fundraisers realised that there was to be a shortfall they contacted us to explain the situation to them and a financial solution was agreed.
"This meant that the grand switch-on was able to go ahead as planned. It came as a shock when we were told about the cash crisis for the Christmas lights. It was lucky that we had the funding available so close to the year end. But all’s well that ends well.”
Hundreds braved the winter weather for the annual festive event, organised by community group Notting Hoole, who this week won the Best Newcomer accolade in the Great British High Street Awards.
Many said the night was a great success, including Laura Hale who tweeted: “Brilliant lights switch on, makes me so proud. Love Hoole, love sharing the joy!”
Cllr Chidley, who was elected to the council for the first time last May, added: “I’m pleased we have been able to find the money to ensure that the hundreds of local people who turned up on the night were not be disappointed."
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