ORGANISERS in Dewsbury are making steady progress towards a Christmas lights switch-on event in the town centre.
The Dewsbury Partnership community group needs to raise over £10,000 if it is to deliver the switch-on – and so far £1,435 has been pledged. It’s a step up from the £220 that had been donated last week.
The Partnership is calling on individuals and businesses to give as little as £5 to help install the lights across the town and put on traditional festive activities for families.
Chairman Bruce Bird said: “If 2,000 people pledge £5 each or 1,000 pledge £10, we can hit the target by the closing date of December 2.
“As the price of two hours of family entertainment, we think that’s good value.
“It’s important that we find a new way of delivering this traditional event by which the whole community can show the pride they have in their town.”
The group's online appeal has now gone live at spacehive.com/dewsbury lights and people have until December 2 to donate.
Mr Bird said the future of Christmas events in the town centre had been uncertain in recent years.
“With limited funding, the council and other organisations have struggled to find a way to deliver these events,” he added.
“And people who pledge money know that they will only pay if the whole amount is raised.
“That is why we are appealing directly to the people of Dewsbury to pledge their support. The council will provide grant money, but only if they see substantial support from the community.”
Mayor of Kirklees Coun Mumtaz Hussain commented: “As a councillor for Dewsbury West, I’m really pleased to see a community group taking responsibility for this event that is so important for the whole town.
“Local ward councillors have already confirmed contributions from ward funds and the main council is ready to match the funding raised by the community.
“The council is ready with support – we just need to see that the community really gets behind this event.”