Christmas lights could sparkle for shorter period

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Hawick’s Christmas lights may shine brightly for a shortened period next year.

Despite a hugely successful Christmas parade, enjoyed by hundreds of townsfolk and visitors, Hawick Community Council may be forced into a rethink on the duration of future festive illuminations.

Following a poor response from local businesses, retailers and clubs to this year’s light’s appeal, the community council may have to consider limiting the display.

Out of around 250 appeal letters the town council received around 10 responses, despite an increase in expenses and an as yet unknown electricity bill.

Community council chairperson Marion Short told the Hawick News that it will be January before the group knows what the final costs will be, but businesses still have time to make a donation

She said: “We are obviously aware of the financial restraints being incurred by businesses, shops and clubs, but any amount, however small, would be most gratefully received and there is still time to make a donation.”

Mrs Short added: “This year’s parade was a success and we have received positive comments from Hawick folk and visitors, yet donations are fewer. We are, however, particularly grateful to the Waverley Bar for their donation of £250, which is much appreciated.”