Johnny Mercer MP has shown his support for the new Christmas Lights at Crownhill Shops by donating a proportion of his MP’s pay rise towards the cost.
He has joined forces with local Eggbuckland Ward Councillors, Heath Cook and Ian and Lynda Bowyer and a number of local businesses to bring Christmas cheer to Crownhill Village.
The Christmas lights were turned on last night by a local school pupil from Widey Court Primary School and the event included late-night opening of the local shops, mulled wine and mince pies and musical entertainment.
Speaking after attending the event, Johnny Mercer said:
“I am delighted that we have been able to work together with the community and local businesses to bring Christmas lights to Crownhill Shops.
“Congratulations to Cllr Heath Cook for his brilliant idea. I hope other local areas across the constituency might look at what has been done here and be inspired to do something similar. I knew Heath would be an excellent local Councillor when I encouraged him to stand and this is another example of where he has added real value to the local community.’
“I was pleased to be able to contribute towards this community project. I cannot think of a better opportunity than to add to the Christmas spirit in Crownhill.”
Councillor Heath Cook said:
“My aim has been to see our local community thrive and, by working together, we have achieved this Christmas celebration in Crownhill. Christmas is the traditional time of year to brighten up our streets and it made sense that Crownhill should join in the fun. Well done to all the local businesses for joining in and thank you to the local residents and shoppers for coming along.”
Councillor Lynda Bowyer added:
“This is part of our efforts to show the Christmas spirit here in Eggbuckland Ward. We have a community event alongside St Edwards Church in the evening on 3 December and our local Christmas lunch for our older people will be held on 10 December. We wish all Eggbuckland Ward residents a very happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.”