Bright end to plea for lights

Santa, with (from left) Saffron Stanley, Steve Thompson, Town Crier Barry McQueen, Hazel Kay and Richard Baggaley.

Santa, with (from left) Saffron Stanley, Steve Thompson, Town Crier Barry McQueen, Hazel Kay and Richard Baggaley.

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FAMILIES joined traders and famous faces to see their community come ablaze with light.

After eight years of campaigning for a Christmas tree Devonshire Road residents finally got their festive wish.

The new tree took pride of place on the North Shore street following weeks of fund-raising from businesses to allow the glittering sea of lights to shine bright.

Steve Thompson, Blackpool FC’s assistant coach and North Shore resident, flicked the switch for the inaugural display, which included dancing and singing from the Nicky Figgins Centre Stage Academy in Bispham.

He told The Gazette: “It’s brilliant to see all the people here. I’ve lived around here for most of my life and when the organisers told me they wanted to get the community together and put a tree up, I thought it was a great idea.”

Hazel Kay, 39, owner of Sun 4 U on Devonshire Road, organised a tree for the area after eight years of trying.

She said: “It’s lovely and heartwarming to see everyone has supported this.”