PEOPLE have rallied together to ensure Dunmow is lit up for Christmas following an appeal in the Broadcast. Last week our front page article (Town vows to fight red tape over lights) reported that the Christmas lights were under threat due to mounting cos
PEOPLE have rallied together to ensure Dunmow is lit up for Christmas following an appeal in the Broadcast.
Last week our front page article (Town vows to fight red tape over lights) reported that the Christmas lights were under threat due to mounting costs following the introduction of new laws, where every light fixing has to be inspected by a structural engineer.
Mike Perry, chairman of the Dunmow and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, appealed to Broadcast readers for lightbulbs and electricians. This week he has reported a great response.
"We have had a great response from the public, and it shows a real community spirit.
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"Although no electricians have come forward yet, people are offering to donate lights and shop owners in the High Street are telling me they will put up their own," said Mr Perry.
It is now expected the town will have 50 lights and they will be put up at the end of November.
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"Shop owners and members of the public will also be putting up their own lights, and I am asking the fireman of Dunmow to help if possible," said Mr Perry.
But Dunmow Fire Station officer Keith Fletcher dealt another blow saying the crews would love to help, but they were "bound by health and safety laws so it might be difficult".
Despite the initial setbacks, the Chamber is hopeful Dunmow will have lights to be proud of this year.
"I would very much like to say thank you to everybody for their help, it really is very encouraging. We will have a display to be proud of," said Mr Perry.
In preparation for next year, the Chamber intends to apply for a grant from Dunmow Town Council to help fund the town's lights.
Mike Perry gave a "more the merrier" plea as he urged more people to support his appeal. Call him on 01371 872129 if you can help in any way.
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