Currently considering its options for an official ‘switch on’ of the Christmas lights this year, the Town Council has asked the Chamber for guidance on the business community’s view of such an event.

The early evening event was trialled last Christmas, drawing a fairly good response from the public, but the response from retailers was below expectations, with few staying open late to contribute to the festive atmosphere – or take advantage of the customer potential.

If the event goes ahead this year, it will probably be on a Friday, early in December.

Organising the event involves costs and energy: before making any commitment, the Council wants to be sure that Chamber members and other businesses have expressed their views.

So what do you think? Do you want an event to switch on the Christmas lights? And if there is an event, will you stay open late to keep the town ‘alive’?

Please send in your comments as soon as possible. Members who are logged in can use the comments facility. Anyone is welcome to use the form on the CONTACT page.