Joint efforts to deliver Christmas extravaganza

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A year of huge events in Bourne which has included the passing of the Olympic torch and BRM Day celebrations will come to close with a Christmas extravaganza.

It might only be October but plans are well under way to put on a Christmas event for the town.

Bourne traders and the town council are coming together to hold a joint Christmas event on December 1. In the past they have held separate events.

Permission to close North Street and Abbey Road has been applied for and a funfair has been booked.

The Christmas lights switch-on by mayor Helen Powell will return to North Street – for the last three 
years it has been held outside the Corn Exchange.

In 2008 and prior to that, the lights switch-on took place in front of the Town Hall as part of a Christmas event organised by Bourne Chamber of Trade and Commerce, which also included a market with street entertainment.

North Street had to be closed off for this, but since 2009 all festive activities have taken place in the Corn Exchange car park.

With the Corn Exchange still being redeveloped as a community access point, festivities will return to the centre of the town.

Event organiser Gordan Cochran of Gordon’s Photographic in North Street, said: “The event is not for shopkeepers to necessarily make money but for people in the town to come together and have fun.

“However last year it was clearly a good day for all the businesses in the town especially the pubs and clubs.”

Members of the public can get involved by taking up a stall for food or goods along the closed off streets.

Anyone interested should call Cake Kabin on 01778 393769.

There is also an opportunity for performers to take part, with the town’s school choirs being approached join the festivities.

Mr Cochran is also in the 
process of contacting businesses in the town to ask them to once again get involved in a prize draw raffle .

Customers who spend £5 or more in participating stores would be entered into a draw to win festive hampers worth hundreds of 
pounds.