Christ­mas wish is to give town new lights

Herald Express - - News - BY GUY HEN­DER­SON

ANEW ini­tia­tive to give Brix­ham the best Christ­mas lights in the west will be launched when the port holds its Lanterns, Lights and Lu­mi­na­tions event on Sat­ur­day.

Vicky ‘Vix’ Pritchard-Davies and Neil Worrell have started the fundrais­ing them­selves with con­tri­bu­tions re­flect­ing their own ill­ness and per­sonal loss. Both from Brix­ham, they are be­hind the Light­ing Up Brix­ham plan to bring new Christ­mas lights to the town in time for the fes­tiv­i­ties next year. Neil said: “Our goal is to help cre­ate and fund the best town lights in the West.”

They are en­cour­ag­ing in­ter­est in cre­at­ing new Christ­mas light de­signs in and around the cen­tral har­bour area and key shop­ping streets.

He added: “The ini­tia­tive is for both in­di­vid­u­als and busi- nesses and we are work­ing closely in con­junc­tion with Brix­ham Town Coun­cil who have over­all re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Ideas in­clude new spon­sored light­ing pan­els with fish and crab de­signs.

Deputy town clerk Linda McGuirk, who man­ages the Christ­mas event for Brix­ham Town Coun­cil, said: “Our Christ­mas event is for the com­mu­nity and we are de­lighted to be work­ing in part­ner­ship with such pas­sion­ate com­mu­nity-minded peo­ple who want to con­tinue to de­velop the work the town coun­cil has achieved to date.”

Vix, who al­ready has ex­pe­ri­ence or­gan­is­ing Fish­stock and BrixFest, will be re­spon­si­ble for or­gan­is­ing spon­sor­ship and co-or­di­nat­ing busi­ness in­volve­ment. She said: “I’m ex­cited to do some­thing for the town and peo­ple that I love the most. We will suc­ceed be­cause we have such a pos­i­tive vi­brant town.”

Vicky was re­cently di­ag­nosed with cancer and has al­ready raised £1,000 for the ven­ture. Neil was wid­owed in 2017 and has matched this sum with £1,000 re­cently raised from dona­tions in the name of his late wife Jackie Robin­son.

They have set a goal of a fur­ther £5,000 to be raised in sup­port of the ven­ture.

A web­site with full de­tails of the ven­ture has been launched www.lightin­gup­brix­ham.com and there is also a ‘Just Giv­ing’ crowd­fund­ing page un­der ‘Light Up Brix­ham’. The dead­line for the pub­lic fundrais­ing is the end of July 2019. There will be a launch stall out­side The Old Mar­ket House at the Lantern Pa­rade on Sat­ur­day. The day’s events in­clude street food, mar­ket stalls and live en­ter­tain­ment com­menc­ing at 1pm, a lantern pa­rade at 5pm and a fire­works dis­play and Christ­mas lights switch on at 6pm.

Vicky ‘Vix’ Pritchard-Davies and Neil Worrell

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