As Swanage gets set to move from lockdown to Tier 2, the Christmas lights in the town centre have been switched on in the hope of helping to lift some of the gloom over the past year.
Usually the festive lights on the Christmas tree by the station and along Station Road, Institute Road and High Street are turned on by the town mayor with a degree of ceremony, marking the start of the town’s Christmas festivities.
As events aren’t allowed under lockdown and to help keep people safe from the spread of coronavirus, this year the light switch was flicked on without ceremony.
An extra string of 50 festive icicles
For 2020 there are more lights than before with the trail of twinkling lights going all the way up the High Street to the Town Hall. There are two additional lamp post displays and an extra string of 50 festive icicles, generously paid for by the Swanage Chamber of Trade.
The Tier 2 restrictions will mean that most shops and businesses will be able to open on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 in Swanage. It’s hoped by the town council and the chamber of trade that the Christmas lights will help boost trade in the centre of the town and shine a bit of joy in what has been a very difficult year.