ALL eyes were on Shirley on Thursday as the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Hawkins, officially switched on the town’s Christmas lights.
The event was the culmination of months of fundraising to buy new lights and Shirley Town Centre Partnership had invited sponsors, a local school, retailers and VIPs to celebrate the success.
On hand were Kingswood School Choir while local restaurants dished out tasty treats for the crowds.
The switch on features 12 new lights bought by sponsors Shirley Lions, Success Property and Construction Ltd, Shirley Institute, Early Years, Shirley Conservative councillors, Close Circuit Security Services, Shirley Methodist Octagon Coffee Shop, S V Wadsworth, Nando’s, Shirley Round Table, Domino’s Pizza and Titanium Products Ltd.
To date over £2,500 has been generated for the new lights alone, £2,000 from fundraising with more coming in from local Shirley retailers. The Partnership hopes to buy some more lights next year so the display becomes even more impressive.
Jim Ferry, chair of Shirley Town Centre Partnership, said: “We’ve waited some time to get new lights so are excited to see them go up and my thanks must go to everyone who has contributed over the last year to make this happen.”
Anyone wishing to contribute to the lights can send a cheque made payable to Shirley Town Centre Partnership, c/o Council House, Manor Square Solihull, B91 3QB and put “Christmas Lights” on the back of the cheque. You can even pop into the Shirley Branch of Barclays on Stratford Road or donate online with sort code: 207762 Account Number:10654043.