Cracker of a Christmas is on the cards

A town Christmas tree will make a real cracker of a lights switch on.

This year Sandy’s celebration will be different, Councillor Nigel Aldis told the rest of Sandy Town Council at its meeting on Monday.

Sandy Town Council is organising the event for the first time after the usual organisers, Sandy Chamber of Trade, pulled out earlier in the year.

The councillors are determined that the festivities on Sunday, December 2, renamed Sandy Christmas Cracker, will be a success.

Councillor Aldis, who is the chair of the lights working group, said: “We very much want it to be different to the way the Chamber of Trade did it previously.

“The main thing we want to have is a Christmas tree. We want to have one that’s very prominent in the town and that will be part of the lights – in the area near Alders.”

It is hoped that many children will come along and to make it more family friendly the noisier and more dramatic rides for older people will be kept in the town car park while gentler rides for youngsters will take pride of place in the market square.

The Christmas tree lights will be turned on first.

Mr Aldis added: “Father Christmas will have a grotto near Gunns. We’ve reduced the price to make it more affordable and accessible for all the community.

“We are going to have some competitions for fancy dress. We really want to have a different feel to this and to make it quite distinctive.”

Community groups will be involved and have stalls.

Businesses in Sandy have been asked to donate money towards the lights and some have already done so. Fundraising activities are also being organised.

There will be a lottery, which is expected to generate significant revenue. Tickets will be on sale on the day and before.