As representatives of the businesses in St Ives, The ‘Business Improvement District’ is tasked with delivering the annual Winter and Christmas Lights Project in the town, from the financing and labour to the logistical elements of creating a festive atmosphere.
This year (2021/22) we decided to start the winter lights project a little early. It felt the right thing to do after losing an hour of evening light with the winter clock’s change, the lights brought a little sparkling of cheer as the first tranche of lights turned on at the beginning of November.
We had a curtain around Market House, a canopy in Royal Square, and festoon lights that ran through 9 of our most treaded streets. Apparently, it was one of the largest sets in Europe, which illuminated back to life the shop-fronts and cobbles that had felt almost deserted only weeks prior.
As December arrived, the Winter Lights were joined by eighteen small Christmas trees and a large tree under the canopy in Royal Square. As usual, the fishermen of St Ives did their bit and helped with the lights across the harbor, setting up their display stretching from the lifeboat station all the way down to Smeaton’s Pier.
The majority of the financing of the lights project was handled by us here at BID, we contributed £27,000, along with the town council lending their support (£4,000), financial and logistically.