Santa’s coming to town this year thanks to the generosity of Harwich Haven Authority

The threatened annual Christmas light display event in Dovercourt High Street, planned for Friday 1 December, will now go ahead thanks to a last minute donation from Harwich Haven Authority.

“After reading in the Harwich and Manningtree Standard that the organisers of the Dovercourt High Street Christmas light display were struggling to raise sufficient funding we were delighted to step in and help,” says Neil Glendinning, CEO, Harwich Haven Authority.

“The Authority is an integral part of the local community and this year we’ve been able to support a number of initiatives and charities in and around the Harwich and Dovercourt area.

“The Christmas light display has traditionally been an event that draws people together from across the area and we didn’t want to see it fail.

“We have been very impressed by the passion and energy of organisers Kirsty Ayling, Les Nicoll and their team at CREATE. They work tirelessly throughout the year to organise and create activities that benefit so many members of the community.”

Kirsti Ayling from CREATE commented: “Myself, Les Nicoll and the rest of the CREATE team are absolutely overwhelmed by the huge generosity of Harwich Haven Authority. The lights cost so much money and it’s a struggle each year to raise the necessary funding.”

Les Nicoll, CREATE added: “The Christmas light turn on is a fantastic community event, which brings friends, neighbours and businesses together in celebration.

“Lots of groups and community clubs will be involved and Santa will also be making a special visit this year.

“It’s a truly fantastic event that we’re delighted to bring to the community of Dovercourt and Harwich.”

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