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Portishead Tree of Light campaign launched

PUBLISHED: 06:44 04 November 2017

Father Christmas at last year's Christmas lights switch-on in Portishead.

Father Christmas at last year's Christmas lights switch-on in Portishead.

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The Times is delighted to again be teaming up with the organisers of the Portishead Christmas Lights this year to support one of its biggest annual fundraisers.

Members of Gordano Valley Church at last year's Victorian evening. Members of Gordano Valley Church at last year's Victorian evening.

Every year the committee runs a Tree of Light campaign, whereby people can leave messages for loved ones in return for a donation towards the Christmas lights.

The messages are then published in the Times over the Christmas period.

The project raises vital funds for the Christmas lights team, which needs £20,000 every year to make the town look fantastic over the winter holiday.

This year, the Christmas lights switch-on will take place in The Precinct on November 27 at 6.10pm. As ever there will be a special guest invited to turn them on, but the visitor’s identity remains a secret at this stage.

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And there will be more bulbs shining bright than ever before as the Portishead Christmas Lights committee has merged with volunteers in West Hill to extend the festivities to that part of town.

The Tree of Light forms can be left at Freemans in Portishead High Street, or sent to 23 Heron Gardens. They should not be sent to the Times’ office.

Preparations are also well underway for the town’s Victorian evening which will take place next month.

On December 15, the town will be packed to the rafters for one of those events that makes even the greatest Scrooge feel a tingling of festive joy.

Stalls selling everything from mince pies to mulled wine and gifts to hot food will be open from 6.30-9pm.

Organiser Lorraine Schneider says this year’s event looks set to be a cracker.

She said: “It looks like it will be a bumper year as we have had to put some stalls in The Precinct for the first time, as we’ve run out of room in the High Street.

“It’s a nice problem to have.”

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