Reigate’s festive lights are set for a new look this Christmas, with Reigate Business Guild planning to replace the display that’s been used over recent years.
The guild says the new installation will cost £26,220, but that the sum is in reach, as a result of year-round fundraising efforts and a “generous donation” by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.
As in previous years, the lights will be switched on at the Christmas Fayre, also organised by the guild’s volunteers.
Jes Chandler, chair of Reigate Business Guild, said:
“We have been fundraising for the past six years to replace the existing scheme which very obviously has a shelf life both in impact and maintenance.
The new scheme is unique to Reigate and is the result of some serious hard work by the guild members.
The Fayre attracts thousands to the town, and with the new lighting scheme set to be switched on during the closing hours of the Fayre on the 1st December 2018, we are all looking forward to a sparkling day to set the 2018 Christmas festivities in motion.”
One of the high points of the town’s year, the Fayre sees Church Street closed to traffic, to make way for stalls, street food, children’s entertainment, and music and dance from local schools and groups.
The light switch-on happens in the late afternoon, usually performed by a celebrity, with a sing-along or two.
Reigate Business Guild, set up in 1991, is made up of around a hundred businesses, ranging from large corporates to sole traders. More on the guild and how to join is on its website.