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News - 9 September 2006
Artist's impression of North Street Christmas 2006

Christmas is coming

The BID Board has been working relentlessly behind the scenes to negotiate the best possible Christmas lights display for the funds that are available.

Blachere, responsible for lighting the Eiffel Tower in Paris, was awarded the contract in July to supply, install and maintain the Christmas lights for five years.

The organisation began work immediately to map out the power and infrastructure requirements and fine- tune the designs to include extra light features such as lights in trees.

In the meantime the Business Forum has been working hard to secure permissions from shop owners, leaseholders and landlords to install the eyebolts on which to hang the displays. This has taken time and also caused changes to the designs and original plans as not all permissions have been forthcoming.

The Clock Tower decorations have also brought challenges. To avoid drilling into the listed building an additional £20,000 will

need to be spent over five years. This money is needed to make and annually install a customised collar to sit around the Clock Tower above the clock face. The BID is investigating possibilities for sponsorship to help defray this cost. Suggestions for any suitable sponsors should be addressed to brightonbid@btconnect.com.

The Business Forum team working for the BID Board is determined to ensure that all the problems are ironed out and that the lights are switched on according to plan in November.


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