Let there be lights

PUBLISHED: 11:31 30 November 2006 | UPDATED: 14:55 12 May 2010

Ooooohhhh pretty!!

Ooooohhhh pretty!!

CROWDS gathered in Buntingford for the annual switching-on of the Christmas lights. The town s second oldest resident, Olive Pritchett, 100, of Nevetts care home in Bowling Green Lane, had the honour of switching on the lights last Friday, accompanied by

Buntingford mayor John Noades, with town manager John Warren, and Ken Durrant of the town centre management team and civic society - Pic: Dick Harding

CROWDS gathered in Buntingford for the annual switching-on of the Christmas lights.

The town's second oldest resident, Olive Pritchett, 100, of Nevetts care home in Bowling Green Lane, had the honour of switching on the lights last Friday, accompanied by town mayor Councillor John Noades and District Councillor Tony Jackson.

Last year there were only a small number of lights on Market Hill because of safety regulations but thanks to the hard work of Buntingford residents and societies who helped raise £16,000, more than 40 lights can be seen in the High Street and Market Hill including two Merry Christmas signs and a Welcome to Buntingford sign.

Commenting at the event, chairman of TCMT, Councillor John Warren, said: "Tonight sees the culmination of 18 months efforts to raise funds for upgrading the electrical supply system which we had to undertake due to health and safety regulations which reduced the number of lights last year."

Town clerk Jill Jones said: "It was a fabulous night. Everyone was in good spirits. They are the best lights in Hertfordshire."

0 HUNDREDS of twinkling lights will be switched on at the Manor House in Buntingford at 6pm tomorrow (Friday December 1) - in memory of lost loved ones.

The Isabel Hospice, which is based in Welwyn Garden City, is visiting Buntingford and welcomes members of the public to celebrate the lives and memories of loved ones by taking part in their annual Lights of Love Ceremony.

The Crow supported the event by funding the Christmas tree.

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