A TOWN has turned its festive lights back on to lift the lockdown mood.
The lights had been switched off at the end of the Christmas season last month.
A Kent town has turned its Christmas lights back on to lift the lockdown gloomCredit: Ian Scammell/Triangle News
The lights had been switched off in Tankerton at the end of the Christmas season last monthCredit: Ian Scammell/Triangle News
One cafe’s shop front was twinkling again as they returned to their festive displayCredit: Ian Scammell/Triangle News
But locals voted to turn them on again to brighten the gloom of the pandemic.
Hundreds of residents supported the move in Tankerton, a suburb of Whitstable, Kent, and donated cash to fund it.
The annual display is organised by a group of local businesses called Talk of Tankerton.
Co-founder Julie Corke said: “Our Christmas lights were so well-received over Christmas.
“Going into a lockdown straight after Christmas and New Year, it just seemed having to turn the lights off was going to be too dull and too dark for everyone.
“Everyone needs a bit of light and sparkle through lockdown to make them smile.
Locals voted to turn the lights on again to brighten the gloom of the pandemicCredit: Ian Scammell/Triangle News
“We switched them off, then among ourselves discussed turning them back on.”
Over £1,200 has been raised to far, way over the target of £300.
The extra money will go towards this December’s lights.
Hundreds of residents supported the move in the suburb of Whitstable, KentCredit: Ian Scammell/Triangle News
Residents donated cash to fund the lights being switched back onCredit: Ian Scammell/Triangle News
Over £1,200 has been raised to far, way over the target of £300Credit: Ian Scammell/Triangle News
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