Coins add up to a Lights fantastic!

Treasurer Gareth Richards with illuminations ambassadors Jayne Mills (left) of Harts Amusements and Shirley Hunt of the Cranstone Hotel.
Treasurer Gareth Richards with illuminations ambassadors Jayne Mills (left) of Harts Amusements and Shirley Hunt of the Cranstone Hotel.
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MORE traders are being urged to help raise cash for Blackpool Illuminations.

The appeal comes as accommodation owners in North Shore demonstrate what can be done to help the lights.

Businesses on King Edward Avenue this week handed over £550 to the lights fund, made up of their own contributions and donations from guests.

The 22 properties which make up the King Edward Avenue Association put collecting tins in their premises for the first time last season - and it has paid off.

Association treasurer Gareth Edwards said: “We bought some bright yellow collecting boxes and all the members took one for the season and put it in a prominent place.

“It’s the easiest way because you don’t have to ask your guests for a donation, they can just give something if they want to.

“Last year our street raised £400 for the Illuminations which was all from contributions made by the accommodation owners themselves,

“This year the total is up to £550, so it looks like the collecting tins have enabled us to hand over an extra £150.

“Even if people just put a few coins in the tins, it adds up.”

Now other streets and groups of businesses are being urged to take up the collecting tins.

Shirley Hunt, an ambassador for the Friends of the Illuminations, said: “We are looking for volunteers from other streets and businesses to take on the task of distributing the tins and bringing them back in.

“Our street, Alexandra Road in South Shore, raised £1,000 from contributions by the hotels and from having collection boxes, so it shows what can be done.

“A lot of customers were happy to drop their spare change into the tins, which cannot be opened, and it soon adds up.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer should contact Shirley at the Cranstone Hotel on (01253) 345918.

Contributions from businesses stood at around £21,000 at the end of last year’s Illuminations.

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