Appledore hosts alternative Christmas lights event

Residents will form a ‘human lighting chain’ after failing to secure Christmas lights from the town council.

LOCAL businesses in Appledore are organising an ‘Alternative Light Up Appledore’ event in protest of the lack of Christmas lights.

The Appledore Visitors Association (AVA) has been working all year to try and secure festive decorations from Northam Town Council but with no success.

Instead, the village is hosting its own event on Tuesday evening and inviting people to turn out with torches and lanterns and form a human lighting chain.

Appledore resident Niki Tait said: “We hope the whole village and visitors will help us to welcome in the advent to Christmas and turn out to light up the night sky that evening to show that the festive spirit is alive and well – albeit by bringing your own lights.”

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Appledore’s silver band and local singers will be leading a sing-a-long on the Quay from 7.15pm with local businesses open for late night shopping.

Father Christmas will make a special appearance so he can collect letters and introduce Appledore’s Santa Post Box, and pubs and cafes will be playing festive music for all.

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There will be roast chestnuts at the Seagate, the Quay Café and Restaurant have booked a harpist, and the Beaver Inn will have a ladies’ night.

The evening will also see the launch of the AVA’s calendar which will be on sale in local shops.

In the afternoon, Years One and Two from Appledore Primary School will also be putting on a special nativity performance in the community hall for free.

The AVA added: “This is a vibrant and forward thinking community.

“If the local councils cannot help produce a festive sparkle we are sure that local people will – that’s the Appledore way.”

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