Town set to sparkle with council funds

Brigg news EMN-140810-083954001
Brigg news EMN-140810-083954001

Brigg will sparkle as never before this Christmas.

Investment by the Town Council has seen a complete overhaul of the lights both in the town and on the tree.

A new contractor, Gala Lights, has taken over the contract this year after Barry Gray, who has managed the lights for 56 years, announced he was stepping down.

However, Barry’s experience is not being lost this year, as he will help the new company put the lights up in November on a consultancy basis.

The council had set aside a budget of £20,000 for installation, but the actual cost of the complete overhaul is likely to be more.

Members of the Property and Services Committee agreed to tap into reserves to complete the project review, but aim to recoup some of the cost by a reduction in expenditure in future years.

Improvements include additional lights for the Christmas tree, illumination of six new trees in the Market Place, two trees on the riverside close to the County Bridge and five trees on Bridge Street in front of China Royal and Dunham’s Bakery, plus new wiring throughout.