Acorn Property boosts Ottery's Christmas lights fund

PUBLISHED: 19:20 25 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:19 26 September 2016

Ottery St Mary Christmas lights. Ref sho 4905-02-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Ottery St Mary Christmas lights. Ref sho 4905-02-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Town could have enough to buy own festive display

Acorn Property is set to build 41 homes on Ottery's former derelict factory siteAcorn Property is set to build 41 homes on Ottery's former derelict factory site

A developer has donated £500 to Ottery’s Christmas lights fund - meaning the town could have enough to invest in its own display.

The chamber of commerce launched an appeal in the Herald, asking for help to cover a shortfall in funding, or warned the annual spectacle would have to be ‘dramatically reduced’. This resulted in a £1,000 contribution from county councillor Claire Wright and now Acorn Property has confirmed it will add £500. Mayor Glyn Dobson said the town council – which has previously shared the cost of renting Christmas lights with the chamber of commerce – can now look into buying the equipment on behalf of the community.

Acorn’s managing director, Robin Squire, said: “I read an article saying they had a lack of funding - we were really pleased to help.”

He confirmed work will start on building 41 homes on the town’s derelict factory site next month.

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