Following the great success of the Gingerbread Festival this summer representatives from West Lancashire Borough Council, who have been busy organising this year's annual Christmas Light Switch On, are celebrating a win for their plans.
Back in June, the Council submitted a detailed entry in the fourth Annual Blachere Illumination Christmas Light Competition, held by Revive & Thrive Magazine, for the top prize of £10,000 worth of Christmas lights for the winning town. This was a great opportunity to showcase Ormskirk as a great place to live, work, study and visit and all the great work of the local community groups, businesses, the Chapel Gallery and Edge Hill University do, who make up the Ormskirk Town Centre Management Group.
After being selected as a finalist the team at West Lancashire were given the opportunity to present their case to a panel of judges, all of whom had extensive place management experience. In what was a tough competition Ormskirk was announced as the winner of the £10,000 of Christmas lights which will make a great addition to the town's festive atmosphere.
Ronnie Brown, Managing Director of Blachere Illumination said “The quality of the presentations was extremely high and the passion that the entrants demonstrated for their towns was very impressive”.
Councillor Ian Moran Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Economic Regenerations said "This is a great win for everyone in Ormskirk and to come first ahead of other great places demonstrates how much we have to offer for local families and visitors. We are also working closely with the Concourse Centre in Skelmersdale on their exciting plans for their Christmas lights switch-on event, and are looking forward to further improvements once the first phase of the new town centre scheme is completed."
This year the Christmas Light Switch On in Ormskirk is being planned for Sunday 25 November and interested traders can apply at Discover Ormskirk (external link).
Congratulations to colleagues at Farnborough, who came away with 2nd place and all the runners up including St Helens, Lancaster, Halifax, Sunderland, Kidsgrove, Thame, Putney, Pontardawe, Portishead and Salisbury.