Christmas lights could extend to a February date

Final festive countdown
Final festive countdown

How long is Christmas? That was the question put by former Brigg Town Councillor Jenny Bell to the present council at its latest meeting.

Mrs Bell had heard the council was considering a request from Brigg Town Business Partnership to extend seasonal lights in parts of the town into February and raised the issue and its extra cost in public question time.

“I gather we could be leaving the lights on until February and paying extra,” she said.

“The town is paying North Lincolnshire Council for illumination for lighting the streets, why is the town now looking at paying extra?”

The lights are being put up this month with the official switch on due on December 4, always a highlight of the Brigg calendar.

Trees on the Riverbank,in the Market Place, Queen Street and East Park could be the areas to have extended illumination.

Coun Mike Campion told colleagues: “The cost is not huge, though it worries me that Christmas could almost become a half-year festival.”

Coun Carl Sherwood also had mixed views, mindful the council had, in 2014, installed new lights that would prove cheaper to run.

“Christmas lights to me are Christmas lights,” he said.

Clerk Clare Davis confirmed the bulk of the festive lights with Santa features would end on the traditional twelfth night.

Councillors agreed the extension would only be part financed (£200) by the council if the Business Partnership wanted to pursue the idea, with the rest of the money coming from the partnership, including any liability costs after the twelfth night cut off.