The festive season is most definitely here and if you’ve visited Barnstaple Town Centre recently, you cannot have failed to notice the fantastic Christmas Lights, provided in main by the generous sponsorship of the businesses around the town.

Last year there saw a definite dimming of Barnstaple’s Christmas lights and festive celebrations.  This year there have been many people hard at work to ensure that this would not happen in 2019. 

Whilst the Councils provide a contribution to the Christmas lights, it is in fact only a percentage of what is required.  This means that without the fundraising efforts of Barnstaple Town Centre Management (BTCM) and the huge generosity of individual sponsors – in the main, local businesses - there would be no Christmas lights in Barnstaple.

This year BTCM would like to recognise the huge generosity of our main sponsors of the Christmas Celebrations: Zero 7, Philip J Milton & Co. Plc.  Also, The Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple, Barnstaple Round Table, Wimpy, Stagecoach, Green Lanes Shopping Centre and Brend Hotels.

The traders of Boutport Street were determined to take positive action to ensure that their street would not go without lights as in 2018. North Devon Property Holdings Ltd, Trevisick’s Pie Emporium, Nirvana Hair and Beauty Salon, Scott Cinemas, The Mortgage Hub and Thomas Westacott, successfully collaborated to adorn Boutport Street with sparkling lights and Christmas trees.

The beautiful trees of Barnstaple Square have once again been lit up thanks to the generous sponsorship of Howdens Joinery, Paiges Lane Barbers, DS Carpentry, Mark Yeo & Son and Jewsons. 

The lights and festive entertainment are essential to the vitality and vibrancy of the town centre during the whole of December and benefit not only the residents but the town business also.

The Light Switch-on event, which attracts a massive footfall, saw a change in day and venue this year to the first of day of Late Night Shopping and the historic Pannier Market.  This was a decision taken help support our town centre at this important time of year.

BTCM would like to give their thanks to all of our incredible sponsors of the Christmas Lights and Celebrations and to M&E Alarms for their outstanding installation work and support.  Without you, Barnstaple at Christmas would be a very different experience. 

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