Preparations begin for festive event

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SUMMER may be in full swing, but dedicated volunteers are thinking about Christmas already as preparations for the revived late night shopping event are launched.

The small team of helpers, who are responsible for transforming the town centre into a winter wonderland once again, have begun the long, hard process of raising funds in the hope of making this year’s celebrations even bigger.

As part of their plans, they are looking to add floodlighting to the occasion, and hire street entertainers such as magicians, jugglers and musicians.

Ali Jenkins, who is chairman of the organising committee, says they have already had a lot of support from Pocklington Town Council and Pocklington and District Lions, who are usually responsible for arranging Father Christmas’ visit during the event.

The Lions have also paid for donation boxes to help raise further funds, which can be found in shops around the town.

The organisers are also appealing to local businesses to make a small donation towards the event.

Mrs Jenkins said: “Unfortunately, due to the very small team organising the event we are unable to hold a grand raffle this year and, as an alternative, are appealing to local businesses to contribute towards the cost of the event. Whether they can donate £5 or £50, it will all be gratefully received.

“I am delighted we have the support of The Pocklington District Lions and a few local businesses including The Feather’s Hotel, Celebrations, The Coffee Bean and most recently Chris Clubley & Co who have generously offered to do all our flyers, posters and publicity for us.

“However we would love more businesses in the town to get involved and help to make this event better than ever before, whether it is through a small donation, sponsorship or help with organising the event.”

Mrs Jenkins led a team of volunteers last year to help breathe life into the annual festive event.

It had been cancelled the previous year because of the demise of the town’s chamber of trade, who had taken responsibility for the December carnival.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this year’s event through fundraising, organisation, entertainment, music or any if they have any other ideas, is being asked to contact Ali Jenkins on 07528 735265.