Goodwill that’s lost in a twinkling
I HATE to sound so ‘Bah humbug!’ but I and many of my friends have to agree with your other readers’ comments that the Tenterden Town lights are pretty awful – sorry Chamber of Commerce. I know it is a personal choice, but most people who have spoken to me about them much prefer more traditional lights, either plain white or maybe red/green and white and I thought I had read that that there was to be a return to a more traditional feel to the Christmas celebrations in Tenterden this year? I fully understand the need for environmentally-friendlier lights but it is not only the colour of the lights that are grim, it is the quantity of lights that are on display that is the real problem. If we are going to have tiny “twinkling LEDs” then at least let’s have all the trees festooned with lights, rather than the feeble offering on show at present. The town Christmas tree looked really dreadful – one string of lights that only came halfway down the tree! In this instance, less is really not more. I read that the Chamber of Commerce are “on a limited budget” but I really think that to decorate the Jewel in the Weald tastefully it may be better not to put up any lights in the trees until they can afford enough to have a reasonable display. Mrs Lynne Slatter, Tenterden.
NO, Mrs Brockhurst (Express, December 18) you are not the only one to have an adverse reaction to the hideous blue Christmas lights in Tenterden. However, you can see traditional, simple and beautiful Christmas lights – just pay a visit to Charing or Wye. Kathleen Wratten, Faversham Road, Boughton Aluph. space layout. I have always gone to do some Christmas shopping in Ashford. But not any more; wild horses wouldn’t drag me anywhere near it! Tenterden got a lot of my custom, but in future Maidstone is where I shall shop. I have no intention of being the poor sap who runs someone over. And I don’t imagine for one minute that I am the only person who feels this way. And I bet Ashford takings are way down. John Little, Summerlees Cottage, High Halden.
WHAT is all the fuss about Ashford’s so-called shared space? Tenterden has enjoyed shared space for many years: we call it Tenterden High Street. Making eye contact with motorists is second nature to us, but for added protection the “Tenterden hand wave” has become an endearing feature which the townspeople seem to have adopted when crossing the road at busy times. Dr Adrian Greaves, Woodbury House, Tenterden.