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West Row community gather on green for first ever Christmas tree light switch-on




West Row Christmas lights (23909548)
West Row Christmas lights (23909548)

Festive history was made in West Row on Friday (December 6) as the village's first ever Christmas tree was lit up.

More than 100 gathered on the green to watch the parish's oldest resident Cyril Martin, 90, turn on the lights.

Mr Martin said a few words to the crowd, who also sang carols and enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine.

Cyril Martin, 90, turned on the lights
Cyril Martin, 90, turned on the lights

It was one of the first events organised by the newly formed West Row Parish Council.

Michael Peachey, chairman of the parish council, said: “Everyone had a fantastic evening and the tree looked incredible. I hope this will be the first of many for West Row.

"As a council we wanted to do something to bring the community together and celebrate Christmas and we couldn’t be happier with how this turned out.

West Row Christmas lights (23909539)
West Row Christmas lights (23909539)

"We’d especially like to thank all those who helped us make this project a success.”

Funding was provided mainly from the parish council and also with contributions of £750 jointly from district councillors John Smith and Don Waldron, as well as £1,000 from county councillor Colin Noble, all from their locality budgets.


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