A dramatic last-minute hitch that threatens to rob Brixham of its town tree arose just before the Christmas Tree was due to arrive in Brixham.
It was discovered that the tree lights used last year had been taken away by an unknown member of the public, prior to the Harbour Master’s Team removing the old tree in January. It was assumed that the Harbour team had stored them as usual by the Town Council and the Harbour team had assumed the Town Council had removed them. A last minute appeal was made to Councillors to try and trace the lights, but no one knew where they had gone.
Chairman of the Community Services Committee, Councillor Vic Ellery said: “I am sure that someone must have removed them for safe keeping and so if you are storing the tree lights please can we have them back now so we can get them up in time for Saturday’s big switch on. I would hate to see a whole lot of children with sad faces on such a brilliant evening just because we couldn’t light our tree. As the Christmas tree is the centre piece of the harbour display, it will be a real shame if it does not come on with all the other lights.”
Tracy Hallett, organising the events, said: “This is a blow for the Christmas Lights switch on which will take place on Saturday, November 26.
“This year the event is even bigger and The Quay will be closed from noon to house a Funhouse, Cup and Saucer Ride, candy floss stalls, sweet stalls and yummy hot roast pork, there will even be a Big Wheel on the harbour side. We all assume the lights are safe somewhere, but we do need them, so please, if you stored our lights, can we have them back now?”
Councillor Mike Morey said: “We will do our best, but it will be difficult to locate replacement outdoor lights in the volume and size we require at this late stage. Everything else is in place; I just hope we can get the tree covered in lights in time. The whole switch on event starts with entertainment from local schools and this year we have organised a competition to select a child to switch on the lights but it will be very disappointing if there is no tree to switch on.”
The switch on event will be hosted by Palm FM and will start at 4pm under the canopy of the Old Fish Market. Then at 6pm the town will be aglow and the sky over the inner harbour will be lit up with the biggest fireworks display seen anywhere in the bay since last November.
Brixham Christmas Market will be running on Saturday 26 and Sunday, November 27 between 10am and 4pm. Bigger and better than last year it will have mulled wine, ales, cakes, variety of continental foods, fresh breads, Christmas gifts, jewellery, arts and crafts. The market will be undercover in one large marquee in Brixham Town Square, so it won’t matter what the weather is outside, it will be warm, cosy and sparkling with Christmas joy inside. Added to this the fairground rides, including the first big wheel ever to be placed on Brixham Harbour side will be also be open on Sunday, November 27.