Thornton Action Group

Report on the Thornton Festive Lights 2016

The Festive Lights in Thornton shine from the end of November until early in January. They are organised by Thornton Action Group using J M Services as contractors to erect, maintain, dismantle and store the lights.

At the Shopping Centre we have a Christmas Tree and then the trees around are decorated with strings of LED lights. This year we had blue and white lights on the Christmas tree and green and white strings on the tree in the corner. The switch on which this year took place on the 29th November involved our local primary schools. In particular we are indebted to Gill Finney, Head Teacher of Baines Endowed School for organising the competition to see which 2 children would press the big red button to turn on the lights. The winners this time were Olivia Clueit from Baines and Alex Ayres from Sacred Heart. The event was attended by the Mayor of Wyre, Councillor Terry Lees on his home patch of Bourne Ward, together with our Councillors and County Councillors. There was a big turn out of children, parents, grandparents and residents to see the lights go on.

To spread the festive cheer throughout Thornton, TAG also organises the lights in the trees at the Little Theatre and by the Medical Centre. This year we have spent an additional £3,000 on replacement and extra strings of lights to brighten up Thornton over the dark evenings in December and into January.

The weather has been kind to us this year with bright crisp weather for the switch on. The one gale we had did cause problems at the Medical Centre, but that was quickly sorted. However, we found that the lights only shone when the security lights at the Centre were on and that needs to be fixed for next year. At the Little Theatre problems with the time switch were resolved before Christmas and the lights shone brightly well into January. At the Shopping Centre, just before New Year, a fault with the timer switch meant the Christmas Tree lights and the corner tree lights were not on for a number of nights despite the contractors coming out on at least three occasions. We do try hard at TAG to keep an eye on the lights and get them fixed asap if they are not working.

We were successful this year in our application for a grant from Wyre Council but we have to raise enough money to match fund this amount. Hence we are grateful to the Thornton businesses who contribute to our funds, notably NPL Estates, J T Byrne, and Almond & Jenkinson, plus the Bay Horse, Clay Oven, Capello, Lisa Gallagher, Property Factor, Mimmos, Thornton Fisheries, Bargain Booze, Miller Roscoe, Village Estates, Unique Estate Agents, Maison of Beauty, Thornton Village Bargains, Mr D, DMA Accounting, Hennas, Room1, Susan Eve, West Park, Serendipity, M Nails, Premier Store, Classic Cuts, Co-op Funerals, Devonshire Blinds, Thornton Post Office and Animal Magic. Lloyds Pharmacy and EFX Hair gave us prizes for the raffle which was organised by “A Little Something” café. Dazamatiz provided the PA System. Also the Co-op for providing the mince pies and tea/coffee at Baines School after the switch on ceremony and for allowing TAG to collect from the public inside the store. So a final thanks to all who contributed and made it possible and we hope to do even better next year. (If you are a Thornton Business and your name does not appear here you might want to consider making a donation next year or even for this year its not too late!)

Howard Phillips Vice-Chair Thornton Action Group January 15th 2017