Townsfolk who want Downham to sparkle in the run-up to Christmas in years to come are being urged to buy tickets for a dance being held to fund its festive lights.
Officials from the town’s chamber of trade, who oversee the displays, warned in the spring that the festive displays would have to rely on donations and support from businesses and local authorities.
And they will be staging a Light Up Downham dance at the town hall, in conjunction with the town council, next month to help the cause.
Maureen Hibling, who chairs the lights group, said there was enough money to fund the festive display this year and confirmed that a switch-on ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sunday November 24.
But she admitted that money will need to be raised to keep the scheme going in future years and said the focus of the group’s efforts had now changed from lobbying local traders directly to contribute to staging fundraising events like the dance.
She said: “Small businesses, like I am now, haven’t got the money to pay for lights and large companies can’t get the money from their head offices.”
It costs around £2,000 each year to put the lights up, though the costs of securing public liability insurance, testing and repairs mean the total bill is significantly higher.
Mrs Hibling said both the town council and West Norfolk Council help with some of the costs and praised borough town centres manager Alistair Cox as a “great support” of the scheme.
Popular local band AdLib will provide the music for the dance, which is being held at the town hall on Saturday, September 21 from 7.30pm.
Tickets are priced £8.50 and will include a bar and buffet, which officials hope will help to attract more people to come along and support the cause.
The tickets are now on sale from Lewks in Wales Court or by phoning 01366 383762.