IT may still be July and sunny (ish) but the Shirley Town Centre Partnership already has its eyes set on Christmas.
It’s the 30th year that Christmas lights have sparkled along the Stratford Road in Shirley town centre and the Partnership is now asking local businesses and residents for their support in raising money for this year’s display.
In 2009, £6,000 was raised via various events and donations, providing some 25 festive lights to cheer up the winter Shirley scene.
The objective this year is to raise even more money to cover more of the Stratford Road and to put better features up.
Some secret fund raising plans are already afoot and a summer fun event in Shirley Park is planned for Tuesday, August 24 as well as can shake collections and a family Christmas concert at Light Hall school.
Meanwhile local business A-Plan is offering £20 for every new policy taken out with them at their Shirley branch on Stratford Road. All residents or businesses have to do is quote “Shirley Lights” when ordering their policy.
“We don’t want the lights to go out on our Shirley tradition.” stated Jim Ferry, chairman of Shirley Town Centre Partnership.
“Businesses may like to sponsor the lights or a switch on and a special package can be prepared to accommodate them and the business.”
To donate to the fund - and every penny counts - send a cheque made payable to Shirley Town Centre Partnership, 44b Drury Lane, Solihull, B91 3BG and put ‘Christmas Lights’ on the back or pop into the Shirley branch of Barclays on Stratford Road or donate online with sort code: 207762 Account Number:10654043.