Deck the streets with DIY

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS ‘‘So, let's make Palmy Christ­masy again.’’ Shaun Kay

Any­one who thinks the spirit of Christ­mas is miss­ing from Palmer­ston North streets is not alone.

With just over a month to go, the city is look­ing some­what lack­ing in fes­tive span­gle.

It was the same last Christ­mas, Carol Leckie from Square Edge said.

‘‘It was all very sad. I was at the tree light­ing last year in The Square, and thought that apart from the tree, you wouldn’t have known it was Christ­mas.

‘‘This year, we de­cided to en­cour­age busi­ness and shop own­ers to step up and make their places look more fes­tive.’’

She and Com­mu­nity Arts board mem­ber Shaun Kay have launched a shop win­dow dec­o­rat­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

To win, busi­ness win­dows in the CBD need to be com­pleted for judg­ing by Fri­day, Novem­ber 25.

The win­ner will be an­nounced on De­cem­ber 1 at the Square Edge Christ­mas Mar­ket. The prize is a Christ­mas ham­per.

‘‘We’ve tried to get peo­ple into the spirit of things. I’ve been pleas­antly sur­prised by the re­sponse. Peo­ple have been re­ally re­cep­tive to the idea.’’

Leckie is en­cour­ag­ing as many as pos­si­ble to get in­volved.

‘‘It doesn’t have to be ex­pen­sive. You can use re­pur­posed ma­te­rial, get some­one with some de­sign flair, and just joosh up the place. It’ll be a bit of fun.’’

Com­mu­nity Arts have done some re­pur­pos­ing of their own, pur­chas­ing 12 fes­tive gar­lands from Down­town that busi­nesses are wel­come to use.

Kay, Leckie’s part­ner in decor- ation, said ar­chive pho­tos showed the city look­ing much more fes­tive in days gone by.

‘‘They used to make an ef­fort with street dec­o­ra­tions. Th­ese days it’s just blah. So, let’s make Palmy Christ­masy again.‘‘

City parks and prop­erty man­ager John Brenk­ley said the nor­mal Christ­mas lights will be go­ing on street light poles in the CBD, with the tree in The Square erected on Novem­ber 28 for the De­cem­ber 1 light­ing cer­e­mony.

The clock tower’s new LED dis­play will be pro­grammed with Christ­mas-themed light­ing.

The coun­cil is fo­cus­ing on events rather than dec­o­ra­tions in the lead-up to Christ­mas and be­yond, with de­tails in the free sum­mer events book­let Palmy is the Place.

Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment man­ager Ian Lit­tle­worth said hav­ing Christ­mas events and mar­kets fo­cused on The Square made them ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.

Carol Leckie from Square Edge hold­ing the ‘Christ­mas baubles of of­fice’, wants cen­tral city streets to look more fes­tive this Christ­mas sea­son.

Pub­lic Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions on Broad­way out­side the Collinson & Cun­ning­hame depart­ment store in 1971.

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