Stamford lights switch on is tonight

The tree of lights in Red Lion Square
The tree of lights in Red Lion Square
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PEOPLE will be able to get into the festive spirit when the Christmas lights in Stamford are switched on tonight.

PEOPLE will be able to get into the festive spirit when the Christmas lights in Stamford are switched on tonight (Friday).

The festivities will start in Red Lion Square in Stamford at 4.30pm around the new tree of lights, which Stamford Town Council has bought this year.

Students from New College Stamford will perform songs followed by choirs from Stamford primaries St Augustine’s, St Gilbert’s and Malcolm Sargent.

The countdown to the big switch-on will then follow and the mayor of Stamford John Binder will be turning the lights on with a helper Tom Crick, who will both ride in the sleigh provided by Stamford Kiwanis from Stamford Town Hall.

The Kiwanis will also be collecting money for good causes in the town.

This year, the town council has invested in new lights, including the tree of lights, after receiving complaints about the old displays. The new bulbs are more energy efficient and cheaper to run.

The town council said the total cost was £17,000, which includes the purchase of new lights, the installation and removal of the displays and the cost of the lights switch-on event.

This will be reduced significantly in future years.

In previous years, the town has had a tree provided by Burghley Estates.

Stamford mayor John Binder said: “I would like to see the new tree lit up before I pass judgement on it.

“Personally I have always liked the traditional tree from Burghley Estates but it is pressure from the public that has forced us to reconsider our Christmas decorations. We have had complaints about the lights looking dated and they were very old and not efficient to run.”

The lights will also be switched on in Market Deeping on Sunday during the Christmas Market.

The market takes place in the Market Place from 10am to 4pm, where there will be stalls, fairground rides and entertainment on a stage.