Councillors fit 2000 bulbs ready for Christmas lights switch-on

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The Parish Council recently purchased replacement lights for the three Christmas trees located at the top of Ryleys Lane, bottom of Macclesfield Road and Wood Gardens at a cost of £4000.

What they had not realised though, was that the new lights and bulb-holders would arrive separately, therefore the councillors (ably supported by local residents Sarah Greenwood and Bev Chapman) set to work and managed to fit 2,000 bulbs in around an hour - ready or the annual Christmas lights switch-on on Thursday, 22nd November.

Councillor Craig Browne said "The new lights are now in place on the Christmas trees for this year, as we had been advised by the company who install the trees that the existing lights had reached the end of their life and that no new replacement sets would be provided.

"We are looking forward to seeing the new lights once they have been turned on and we are confident that they will be a significant upgrade on the previous ones."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Mike Thirsk
Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 10:17 am
It sounds like a Herculean task to get all the bulbs fitted in such a short space of time so well done for that! Just a quick note of caution however, those on the tree at wood gardens have been switched on this morning and at a glance around half the bulbs are not working. I hope all the others have been tested before being put on the trees? It would be a shame for all that hard work getting the bulbs fitted to be slightly overshadowed by only a proportion of them actually working!
Craig Browne
Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 1:30 pm
Hi Mike,

Thanks for letting us know about this. I have been and checked and thankfully it is just a case of some of the bulbs needing tightening or adjusting in their holders.

I have fixed the bulbs that are within reach at Wood Gardens and also at Macclesfield Road, but will need to arrange some stepladders to do the others.

Kind regards,
Mike Thirsk
Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 3:49 pm
No problem at all Craig, glad it is a quick and not too difficult fix! On the plus side the lights do look rather good in my opinion!