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Bridgwater WILL have Christmas lights after Taunton shock
1:00pm Wednesday 10th October 2012 in News
PEOPLE have been reassured Bridgwater won't be playing Scrooge with Christmas lights this year.
Over in Taunton, doubts have been cast over whether any lights will hang in the town centre after a fund filled by traders ran out of cash.
Jefferson Horsley, leader of the LibDem opposition on Taunton Deane Council, branded the news “a PR disaster for Taunton”.
But here in Bridgwater, there are no such fears.
The town council funds the lights and says there is no threat to the town's switch on, which will happen at The Cornhill on November 23.
Bridgwater Mayor Graham Granter said: “I think it's important for the retail side of things and for the town to put on a good show with the Christmas lights, to cheer everybody up in these difficult times.
“It's not for me to comment on how councillors in Taunton should spend ratepayers' money but I was a bit surprised to say the least about their lights.
“It seems a bit mean not to put some lights on. We are quite happy to sponsor the lights here and I think the Bridgwater people appreciate the lights.
“We have been building the lights up for a few years now and there are no worries whatsoever; everything is in order for a good show.”
The lights switch-on will coincide with the annual Snowflakes and Shopping event run by the Bridgwater Retail Initiative, when traders will be encouraged to stay open late and there will also be a squibbing display on Town Bridge.
The BRI's many partners include the town council and Sedgemoor District Council.
A district council spokesman said: “The Snowflakes and Shopping event will be bigger and better this year.”
More details will be published in future editions of the Mercury.