Due to the Government restrictions around Covid 19 Buckingham Town Council was unable to hold its annual Christmas Light Switch On in the Town Centre.
The Christmas lights were installed in the town centre at the beginning of November by WGS Power & Lighting Ltd who we currently have a contract with for this. The Christmas tree was provided by Buckinghamshire Council free of charge and installed outside the Old Gaol the week before the light switch on and several residents have commented that the tree looks better than ever.
The light switch on still took place on Saturday 28th November at 7pm but without the usual crowd. Granta Network launched 2 drones to capture the moment the lights were switched on, one from behind the Sorting Office and one from Stratford Fields football ground. The ground crew were located in the town centre to take still footage. They also took images of Christmas lights from around the town.
Photograph by Tim from Granta Network
The virus was not going to stop Christmas coming to Buckingham, so the Town Council made a request to The Bard of Buckingham, Buckingham Town Mayor, Cllr Geraldine Collins and Santa himself to provide video messages which have been widely viewed, with over 12,000 people reached on Facebook alone by Wednesday.
A request went out to the residents of Buckingham asking them to take part in the light switch on by staying home and switching on their Christmas lights at 7pm the same time that the lights would go on in the town centre. This created an atmosphere of excitement and many people took part in this. Below are some of the comments received afterwards.
“Aw this is lovely- so heart-warming. Thanks to everyone who put it together and those who made such a massive effort. It’ll be great to try to find all these great houses”
“This is fantastic! To see our lights on our house in this is the perfect end to a rubbish year! Well done Buckingham Town Council and Thank you!”
“Such a lovely thing to do. Great idea. Thanks, our family and neighbours really enjoyed it!”
“Excellent filming! Love this”
“Well its a10 from me brilliant lovely voice” (that one’s for Dean!)