Local businesses are being asked to step up and sponsor this year’s Bramley Christmas Lights switch on as organisers search for £10,000 to run the event.
The annual event attracts hundreds of people but hasn’t been held since 2019 because of the Covid-19 pandemic and is this year due to be held in the Bramley bus station area and along part of Bramley Town Street.
Organiser Helen Garrand, who has voluntarily co-ordinated the event for many years, said there won’t be a switch-on unless there was support.
She said bringing in an event organiser to sort out the necessary consents, health and safety, crowd control, staging, fireworks/light show, a PA system, entertainment and the road closure of Bramley Town Street all cost money.
“We can include businesses’ logos in all publicity, mention them in press releases and they can have a free stall at the event. We want to promote them as much as they want to promote us,” she said.
Helen said the event already had £1,400 in the bank and that local councillors had also promised a contribution.
“The switch on event can’t run on fresh air,” she added. “It costs money. I know there’s a cost of living crisis, but please don’t let this great event go.”
Organisers say they had attempted to contact Bramley Shopping Centre owners LCP Group in a bid to hold the event at its usual venue, but had received no response.
Helen can be contacted on 07496 619360 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.