New lights will illuminate Starbeck High Street this weekend thanks to the support of the community and the return of the village’s gala.
A huge turnout at the gala, which took place in August following a two-year break, boosted the coffers of the lights fund, paving the way for a whole new set of lights, as well as the restoration of exisiting decorations.
Now, the festive celebrations are set to be bigger than ever, with a Christmas fair taking place on Saturday, followed by a lights switch-on ceremony. Two giant Christmas trees will also light up the village at Prospect Park and outside St Andrew’s Church.
Starbeck Lights Committee Chairman, Phil Brownley, said: “The support from local residents and businesses has been great and we have had some fantastic raffle prizes donated so far. However, we still need the folk of Starbeck to dig deep if they want to enjoy the lights year-after-year.” Mr Brownley is now calling for residents to continue to support the lights by making a donation.
He said: “With some big costs associated with the refurbishment of the existing lights, and a whole set of new lights this year, we still desperately need everyone’s support and generosity. We have distributed leaflets with donation envelopes to all the houses in Starbeck and I’d just ask people to please think about donating. Just a few pounds can make all the difference.”
The Christmas Fair will be held in the halls at the back of St Andrews Church and will feature a variety of stalls, refreshments, a grand raffle, a tombola, face painting, bouncy castle and a Santa’s Grotto. The fair runs from 3pm to 7.30pm, with the countdown to the lights switch on at 6.30pm.