Help light up Peterhead

Peterhead Christmas lights 2013
Peterhead Christmas lights 2013

Big-hearted Peterhead businesses have begun to dig deep again to ensure the town has a Christmas lights display this year.

It was confirmed last week that several businesses in the town have been approached to contribute to the festive light-up.

With a small surplus left over from the efforts in 2013, volunteers are looking to Blue Toon businesses to continue their enormous support to help raise the £5,000-plus that’s required to ensure the lights display remains at the level of previous years.

This year, a percentage of any surplus funds raised above the £5,000 target will be donated to two local charities.

A spokesperson on behalf of Light Up Peterhead commented: “This year it was our intention to make this truly a community project pulling in every interested community group to make it as inclusive as possible.

“However the decline in the number of volunteers has left a huge task for the remaining members to contend with in the run-up to Christmas.

“Personal and business pressures have made it difficult for the remaining members to devote the time necessary to bring these groups together,” they said.

“I am pleased to say that a wider community group is being formed to deliver the project in future, but regrettably it will not be in place in time to assist with the Christmas Lights project 2014.”

The group has now discussed the situation with a number of the businesses which donated last year.

“If these businesses are in a position to match their donations from 2013, I’m quite confident that there will be lights this Christmas,” he said.

“We are only a couple of months away from Christmas so the wheels need to be put in motion pretty soon.

“As Christmas is also about considering the less fortunate in society, we pledge that we will donate at least 33% of all funds raised above £5,000 to two nominated charities, so all donors can be comfortable in the knowledge that they are not only doing something to lift the spirits of the town, but also helping someone who may otherwise have a difficult Christmas. Details of this will be publicised should we receive favourable responses from the organisations we have been in contact with.

“If any other businesses, organisations or individuals would like to contribute to this year’s lights display then we would be delighted to hear from them and we expect to publish more details shortly, “ he added.