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Big boost for festive lights

CHELMSLEY Wood’s Christmas lights have received a welcome boost from the local community.

CHELMSLEY Wood’s Christmas lights have received a welcome boost from the local community.

The illuminations have already been strung up around the revamped town centre and the display will be switched-on later today (Friday).

Chelmsley Wood Town Council usually funds the decorations, but this year, for the first time, it approached local businesses for donations.

Peter Clark, chairman, said: “The lights have been going for around about 30 years and this is the first time that the town council has gone outside for a bit of help. I’m sure that people understand that every penny counts this year.

“We’ve been really pleased with the support that we’ve had from the local community.”

Help came from the new Asda superstore - who pledged £3000 - and the nearby Banbury club.

Tracey McElroy, general store manager at the supermarket, said: “Obviously we opened in June, so this is our first Christmas in Chelmsley Wood. We wanted to do something for the local area and we were delighted to help when we were approached.”

Asda is the town centre’s biggest employer - with 400 staff - and it recently announced that a further 70 people would be taken on to cope with extra demand over the festive period.

 

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