VICTORIAN EVENING 2017: Ilminster will be a feast of festive lights

VICTORIAN EVENING 2017: Ilminster will be a feast of festive lights

MORE than £5,000 will have been spent on illuminating Ilminster for this year's Christmas season of festivities.

The annual switching-on of the lights takes place on Friday (November 17, 2017) in the town centre – with the switch being flicked at 7pm.

Chairman of the Christmas Lights Committee Clinton Bonner said: “This year we have spent over £5,000 and this is made possible by many private donations which are really appreciated. In addition, two people have given money in memory of their loved ones who have passed away. This has helped us to provide two new display frames - one to go across the Market Square area and the other up on the corner of Silver Street.

“In addition, the frame at the gateway to Greenfylde First School has been changed and will now feature a sleigh and reindeer for the children.

“We have also continued to fill in the corners on the Market House roof corners which has proved a little testing but we have got there!”

Mr Bonner said his team of helpers had also been very busy during the year repairing garlands and have also carried out much work improving facilities at the HQ.

“We think we have provided another brilliant spectacle for the town and we hope everyone has a magnificent evening,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the evening and to the Christmas street lights.

“It has been another busy year getting them ready. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes by the small band of helpers who have worked extremely hard over the last few weeks getting the lights erected - and we have a lot of maintenance work planned for the forthcoming year.”

PHOTO – TOP: Clinton Bonner – king of the Christmas lights in Ilminster.