Last chance to light up the Stray

NADV. Harrogate residents gather on the Stray to celebrate the Symphony of Lights, helping raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research, . 111104ARpic1.
NADV. Harrogate residents gather on the Stray to celebrate the Symphony of Lights, helping raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research, . 111104ARpic1.

YORKSHIRE Cancer Research is offering members of the public a last chance to contribute to the Stray’s colourful lights before the display is switched off at the end of March.

Tree lights on the Stray are available to purchase in memory or celebration of a loved one, family member or special event through the charity’s Symphony of Lights scheme, organised with Harrogate Borough Council.

The lights, which will be lit for 50 years and maintained by the council, range from £10 for a single light or £100 for a garland of lights to £1,500 for a whole tree of lights.

Since the scheme first began in 2010, the charity has sold 14 trees which come with personalised plagues and the opportunity to post a message and photograph on Yorkshire Cancer Research’s online Message Book.

Those who purchase lights and garlands of lights are also able to include a personal message in the charity’s message book – a place where people can remember and celebrate their loved ones.

The display is currently on show five months of the year from October to March, and last year the charity raised £18,000 from the initiative.

Sally Crerar, head of community fundraising at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “Harrogate’s popular lighting display is now bigger and better than ever thanks to those who have purchased lights.

“As well as contributing to Harrogate’s beautiful winter lights, the scheme also raises money for our world-class cancer research, treatment and diagnosis projects throughout Yorkshire.”

l For more information, visit www.ycr.org.uk/symphony.