MORE than £10,000 must be raised if Dewsbury town centre is to have a traditional Christmas feel about it.
The Dewsbury Partnership community group has stepped in to deliver the traditional Christmas Lights event in the town and they are asking individuals and businesses to dig deep so that Dewsbury sparkles this Christmas.
Chairman of the group Bruce Bird said: “If 2,000 people pledged £5 each or 1,000 pledge £10 then 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/dewsburylights.
Mr Bird said the future of traditional 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.
“With crowdfunding they can see how enthusiastic the community is about an event before committing any grant money.
“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.”
Readers can back the project at spacehive.com/dewsburylights.