Mayor’s festive lights message

OTTERY mayor Glyn Dobson has thanked everyone who made the Christmas lights appeal a success.

It was launched in September, spearheaded by Tourist Information Centre manager Phyllis Baxter, following fears the Chamber of Commerce wouldn’t spend anything on the display this year.

More than �3,000 was collected from businesses, including Country Farm Butchers in Broad Street, and Sainsbury’s, which is planning a store in Hind Street. The council contributed �3,500 and the chamber �1,300 on top of this.

Mr Dobson said: “We would like to thank everyone who donated money, the town looks great. The response from local traders has been marvellous. It goes to show the commitment to making it a place to visit and shop in.

“The Christmas spirit is truly alive in Ottery St Mary and I would encourage everyone to come and enjoy the shops, support your local traders and enjoy the atmosphere created by the festive season. On behalf of all the councillors, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”