New Christmas lights for Huddersfield town centre approved
Sep 30 2009 by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
CHRISTMAS shoppers can enjoy a brightened-up town centre.
The Cabinet yesterday approved a new set of Christmas lights for Huddersfield.
Lockwood company KD Decoratives will install the new illuminations.
Kirklees is putting forward £70,000, while £30,000 will come from the Huddersfield Town Centre Partnership.
Cabinet member for economic development Clr Peter McBride believes the lights will increase trade in the town centre.
The Dalton Labour councillor said: “Exciting and innovative displays become an attraction in themselves and are a symbol of civic pride, leading to higher footfall and a boost to the local economy.
“We can have lower energy lights while at the same time having a vibrant and welcoming town centre at this key time for all businesses and retailers.
“In using a local company, we will help to benefit the local economy and protect the local workforce.”
Steven Pollitt, chairman of Huddersfield Town Centre Partnership, said: “Over the course of the last few years the Christmas lights have started to look a bit tired, so this year there will be a whole new lighting show to welcome people.
“The partnership has worked closely with the council on the new lights and is happy to contribute towards such an important aspect of the festive period when it is so important that our town looks vibrant and attractive to both residents and visitors.”
The new lights will replace the old set, which is more than 10 years old.
They will be installed in time for the Christmas switch-on on November 19.