Thanks for light support

With Bognor’s summer seafront illuminations due to be turned off this coming weekend, I would like to thank everyone who has supported the lights this season.

While the lights receive significant help from local councils, the success of the lights very much reflects the widespread support of the whole community, from those attending our fundraising events to others adopting lightbulbs or donating raffle prizes and bric-a-brac.

This is in addition to the many businesses that support our annual traders’ appeal (which this year has again topped £2,000), provide ongoing sponsorship or give in-kind support.

While we are already thinking about the 2012 display, for the second year running, it is very unlikely to include any new displays.

This is because many of the columns along the seafront are due to be replaced in the near future under WSCC’s PFI scheme and until we know which ones are likely to go, it would be a waste to expend resources on new displays that will have to come down again soon after.

It is for this reason also that some sections of the display have not been to the standard we would have liked this season.

While no displays appeared this summer, the lighting on the bandstand roof was replaced to great effect.

Although the lights are going off, fundraising continues and we are looking forward to the Slide into the Past evening on November 17, with tickets now on sale from the Paperback Exchange at 67 High Street.

If any business would still like to make a donation, please do so c/o the Visitor Information Centre on Belmont Street.

Jason Passingham,

Chairman, Bognor Regis Seafront Lights