Good­will that’s lost in a twin­kling

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

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.

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