Volunteers Needed To Put Up Christmas Lights

Organisers of this year’s Christmas lights on St Mary’s are looking for volunteers to help put them up on Sunday. And they’re hoping someone will take over organising the task next year.

Ian Sibley and brother Clive have been organising the lights for the past 15 years but say they’re looking to hand over the reins next year.

Ian told us they originally volunteered when previous organiser, John Hicks, left the island. They had young children and didn’t want to see the town dark over Christmas so offered to take on the task.

But Ian says with the kids now grown up, they think it’s time to hand over the job.

The lights will go up from the top of the Strand to the centre of Hugh Town, as well as along Old Town Bay. Ian has asked anyone who has borrowed lights for events over the summer to return them before Sunday so they can be added to the display.

The Duchy will also be providing a Christmas tree for The Park although Ian wasn’t sure what will happen with the three trees traditionally seen on the Town Hall.

These were provided by Griffin’s Butchers, which has now closed.

If you can help, you should meet at The Park at 10am on Sunday morning.

There will be an official “turning on” ceremony at The Park on Saturday 17th December at 6pm.