Local businesses are once again rallying around to support the largest Christmas Lights display on the Island at Long Lane in Newport, which switches on for the 17th year running tomorrow evening (Saturday 3rd December).
Southern Vectis has supported Terry and Sue Ramplin’s festive charity display with a £250 donation towards the running costs. The bus operator’s Christmas lights tour bus and staff visited Terry this lunchtime to present the cheque. Newport Parish Council has matched Southern Vectis’ support with a further donation of £250.
Island Echo has continued to support the display in 2016 by helping to source new lights, signs and a Christmas tree. HSS Traffic Management have kindly provided safety signage on Long Lane and Shide Trees have donated a 16ft tree. Biltmore Printers in Newport have donated banners highlighting the charities involved.
Tomorrow’s big switch on, which takes place at 18:30, will see mulled wine and mince pies supplied by Hamilton’s Fine Foods and festive music by Vectis Corps of Drums.
Southern Vectis run a festive lights tour each year – and Terry’s display in Newport is among those that help provide people with a traditional start to their Christmas celebrations. Southern Vectis’ general manager, Richard Tyldsley has said:
“We know how much people here on the island love this lights display – it’s a big attraction among those wishing to get into the festive spirit.
“Terry puts in a tremendous amount of effort each year to maintain his display, and we are pleased to have once again made a donation to help replace the huge number of bulbs required to make the lights such an amazing sight.
“Each year, they attract local people and visitors from much further-afield – and we know Terry uses them as a fundraising opportunity for local good causes.”
Terry has said:
“It’s a massive challenge to keep the display going each year – but I know how many people look forward to visiting.
“I’m delighted that Southern Vectis has come on board. It means I’m able to provide an extra special display – and hopefully raise more than ever for local charities”.
Southern Vectis’ Christmas Lights Tour begins on 12th December and operates from Newport Bus Station at 18:30 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – and from Ryde Bus Station on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, up until and including 24th December.
The firm’s drivers will also be getting into the mood on Fridays and Saturdays throughout December – by donning Christmas jumpers in aid of Wave 105’s Cash for Kids campaign. Passengers can name their favourite #wackywoolly via social media and donate to the charity via Southern Vectis travel shops.
For Christmas lights tour ticketing information, visit www.islandbuses.co.uk. Keep an eye out for ‘Light up the Wight’ – coming soon to Island Echo.
Thank you for supporting the Long Lane Christmas Lights…