Shine could be taken off town’s seasonal sparkle

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CHRISTMAS is set to cast its colourful seasonal sparkle over the town centre again this year – but possibly on a smaller scale.

The annual switch-on of the town’s festive lights is being scheduled for Saturday, November 26 – but celebrations may be limited largely to the pressing of the ‘on’ button by Rose Queen Briony Brown.

Leven Business Association, organiser of the Christmas fete which complements the turning on of the lights, is concerned about rising costs of the entertainment which precedes the switch-on.

LBA members are due to meet in the next few days and a decision is likely after these talks about what other festivities, if any, will go ahead.

LBA’s Angela Collins said there was still a desire to stage additional attractions for the community but the costs of doing so were a concern to many of the town’s shop bosses.

Leven Environment Group (LEG) organises the hanging of the lights and liaises with the town’s Civic Week committee over the role of the Rose Queen and local school children, while stalls and street entertainers have become a staple of the festive merriment provided by LBA.

Last year, athough the 2010 Christmas switch-on was assured, the Mail reported how some traders felt the willingness to continue the town’s community attractions may not still be there, after principal organiser Eddie Young stepped down as LBA chairman.

The recession was biting deeply and shop bosses, although appreciating the tradition, felt protecting business had to be the number one priority – with some complaining the community events were actually bad for trade.

Last week, Mr Young, who is still involved with LBA and an active member of LEG, said: “My personal view is it does the town good.”