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Christmas lights to be switched on

News / Mon 17th Nov 2014 at 06:24pm

FOLLOWING the successful public funding appeal by the Council and the Harlow Town Centre Partnership which saw donations of over £6,000, the Christmas lights in Broad Walk, Harvey Centre Approach and Market Square will be officially ‘Switched On’ on tomorrow (17 November 2014) at 4.30pm.

The switch-on was postponed last Friday (14 November 2014) after wind and rain delayed the lights being put up.

Turning on the Christmas lights traditionally signals the start of Christmas shopping. Pushing the plunger at the tree in Broad Walk to switch on the lights will be the Chair of Harlow Council, Councillor Ian Beckett, James Bacon representing Courtenay Investments, Cassie Wilson representing Places for People, the Ugly Sisters from this year’s Harlow Playhouse Pantomime, Cinderella and a representative from the Harvey Centre.

The Town Centre’s decorations also include a 30ft Norway Spruce Christmas tree which will also be lit up. The Christmas lights scheme is being funded by Harlow Council (£6,000), Places for People (£3,000), Courtenay Investments (£3,000), the Harvey Shopping Centre (£1,500) and £117 from individual donations.

Places for People’s Group Director, Mary Parsons said: “At Places for People, ‘spirit’ represents what we are about as an organisation and having been in Harlow for a number of years, we know what a fantastic community spirit there is. We recognise that in building a successful future for the town, this is so important. That is why we wanted to help out the Harlow Town Partnership in its determined efforts to make sure Harlow’s town centre wasn’t forgotten this Christmas – and to hopefully bring some Christmas spirit to everyone in the town.”

On Friday (14 November 2014) the six month trial to expand Harlow Market into Broad Walk was launched along with a small seven day a week Harlow Christmas Market. The Christmas Market offers a range of products including hot food and novelty clothing and accessories until after the Christmas period. This will be complimented by the expanded Harlow Market which is open every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Councillor Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “Harlow Council has worked closely with the Harlow Town Centre Partnership to ensure that the Christmas Lighting scheme in Broad Walk goes ahead; a new scheme was implemented last year and it would have been a real shame if it did not happen again this year. With Harlow Market expanding into Broad Walk, including a seven day a week Christmas Market, the lights are the finishing touch to helping create a diverse and welcoming town centre this season.”

Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration & Enterprise, said: “The Christmas lights, the Market expansion and Harlow Christmas Market are all part of Harlow Council’s commitment to improving the Town Centre for shoppers and businesses. The market expansion is a big step forward in supporting a revitalised Harlow Market by putting traders in the main Broad Walk. For many years, traders have asked to be in Broad Walk and it is hoped that these improvements will encourage new traders to Harlow Market, as well as provide more choice for shoppers.”

The Christmas lights switch-on event in the Water Gardens will take place on Saturday 22 November 2014 at 5.30pm. For more information visit www.thewatergardensharlow.com

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