Gravesham’s Christmas lights display has won a major national prize in the face of stiff competition from towns and cities all across the UK. The council took second place in the final of the Revive & Thrive Christmas Light Competition sponsored by Blachere Illumination.
The £3,000 prize will go towards a new lights display this year around the Clock Tower.
Cllr John Cubitt, leader of Gravesham council, said
“The Christmas lights are a mainstay of our now growing and hugely popular Christmas festival. While other towns have been losing their lights the council and its partners and sponsors have striven to maintain and improve the quality of the display year on year.”
Gravesham Borough Council along with the other finalists went to Blackpool on 9 September to learn behind the scenes about the most famous lighting installation in the UK as well as bring back lots of great ideas to use locally in Gravesend. The council’s Director of Communities Melanie Norris and Gurvinder Sandher from Cohesion-Plus, which organises the annual lights parade, presented their application Dragon Den-style to a panel of experts.
…A place in the final is made even more impressive due to how close the scoring was for the competition and that fact that some smaller communities and resident led applications have outscored large cities and professional regeneration experts. This shows the importance and relevance of Christmas lighting for towns and cities of all sizes.
The first prize went to St Leonard’s, East Sussex and third prize to neighbouring Hastings.by