Lights parntership will give Sidmouth extra festive sparkle

Santa's sleigh will be back in Sidmouth couresy of the Lions Club

Santa's sleigh will be back in Sidmouth couresy of the Lions Club - Credit: Archant

SIDMOUTH will get extra festive sparkle for its cash this Christmas after teaming up with Exmouth to strike a new deal over festive lights.

Civic leaders in both towns have opted to pool their resources and sign a three-year contract worth a combined £63,000 for their respective displays.

Sidmouth Town Council voted to spend its £9,000 annual budget with a new contractor, Gala Lights Ltd, and hopes to get more for its money as a result of the new partnership.

The news means this Christmas will be the first in 16 years that Sidmouth’s yuletide illuminations are not provided by a firm based in Torbay.

“We will get our own lights and we’ll get a lot more for our money,” said Sidmouth town clerk Christopher Holland. We should have a better quality of service. It will be a different scheme but a quality scheme. ”

Mr Holland said that councillors stipulated that, unlike previous years, the lights will not be erected until after Remembrance Day on November 11.

The town’s switch-on will take place on November 15 at 5.30pm.

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Exmouth town clerk Colin Poole said: “It’s good news and now we have a good price we will be sitting down with Gala Lights to agree on what lights we want and the fittings.”

The town has £12,000 to spend on lights a year.

Sidmouth councillors decided behind closed doors last Monday to award the new joint Christmas lights contract to Gala Lights Ltd for three years.