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Make Taunton Sparkle Christmas lights appeal gets £14,000
8:00pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
CHRISTMAS in Taunton has received a £14,000 boost – and if we all chip in another 50p each, we’ll be sure of a dazzling display of festive lights.
Part of a pot of cash raised through a council tax levy on people in central Taunton has gone to the Make Taunton Sparkle appeal for the town’s Christmas lights this year.
The £14,000 from Taunton Deane Council’s ‘unparished’ fund will help update the electrical infrastructure of the lighting system – making sure there is no repeat of last year when the lights went out on occasions.
It will also go on new lighting units and safety testing.
Cllr Kelly Durdan said several businesses and individuals have contributed towards hiring lights to brighten up the town at Christmas, but more is needed to ensure shoppers see the town at its festive best.
“I’m really chuffed at the council for giving us £14,000,” said Miss Durdan.
“It’s not been easy raising the money this year and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s contributed.
“But we’ve still need another £6,000 by the end of October.”
Miss Durdan was credited with ‘saving Christmas’ in Taunton last year when she stepped in to raise money for the lights after the council and Taunton Town Centre Company were unable to fund them.
Anyone who wishes to donate money can contact her on 07789-871856 or e-mail email@example.com People can also donate money in bins in the Deane House, Luci Foreman, Taunton Food and Wine, Tick Tock Toys, Howard’s fish and chips, Poundland, Mambo, Timpsons, County Stores, Fatface, Knight’s Rest, Pain et Vin and DLO.
“If everybody gave 50p, we’d make it,” said Miss Durdan.
*Other ‘unparished’ grants include £3,000 towards the re-casting and re-hanging of the bells at St Mary Magdalene Church and up to £3,000 to clean pigeon droppings under the bridge at Taunton Station three times a week, rather than the current once.
A Deane spokeswoman said: “Further contact with Network Rail will also be made to repair the anti-pigeon netting under the bridge so that additional cleansing at this location will not be necessary in the future.”
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