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Cumbrian town to leave on its Xmas lights until end of February

There will be a ray of light amid the winter gloom for shoppers in Cockermouth.

Rays of lights: The Christmas lights in Cockermouth

The town’s colourful Christmas lights were switched off at the weekend, but for the first time its twinkling white LED lights will remain on until the end of February.

Traditionally the white tree lights are only lit during the annual Taste Cumbria food festival and over the festive period, but the Cockermouth and District Chamber of Trade had appealed to the town council for them to keep shining. The efforts of town centre manager Joe Broomfield were rewarded, thanks to a donation by Cumbrian-based Lloyd Motor Group.

It is hoped the move will attract more people to the town, and to stay later to enjoy the pretty views.

Jonty Chippendale, chairman of the chamber, said: “It’s no secret that businesses have had a hard time recently, so anything we can do to encourage more people to visit Cockermouth is very welcome. I think the town’s Christmas lights are some of the prettiest to be seen anywhere in the country and there’s always a moment of sadness when they are taken down after twelfth night, but thanks to this donation we hope we can still bring a smile to people’s faces when they see how lovely Cockermouth looks despite the dark winter nights.”

David Byrne, dealer principal at Lloyd Cockermouth, said: “Times are hard for businesses, particularly in the traditional post-Christmas lull, so I think that anything which can be done to make the town look and feel more appealing is a great idea.”

Mr Broomfield added: “The lights bring a great atmosphere to the town and should help boost the evening economy during what is normally a quiet time of the year.”

He hopes other businesses will be inspired to help out with other initiatives in the future, and is asking them to contact him by e-mailing or calling 01900 702568.

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to all of you people with nothing better to do with your sad lives than go shopping all the time can i just remind you that shopworkers are in need of leisure time to spend with their families christmas is for most shopworkers a huge stressfull experience and to extend late night opening into the months after christmas is both immoral and unjust

Posted by mark ogilvie on 12 January 2013 at 11:21

Cockermouth resident #2 - im led to beleive that it didnt result in any increase in trade

Posted by Cockermouth resident #3 on 11 January 2013 at 08:57

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