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After a two year fundraising effort the people of Appleby saw the full new Christmas lights for the first time, as the Carnival Queen flicked the switch during Saturday’s Sparkle Day celebrations.
In just two years the residents of Appleby have raised more than £29,000 to buy all the new lights and install them in the town.
Secretary of ACAT - Appleby Community Acting Together who organised the Christmas Lights Appeal - Jenny Morgan said: "Last year we raised £22,000 and set ourselves £7,900 as this year’s Phase 2 target. I think we are on target to be there by Christmas."
Despite the gales and heavy rain local choirs sang in the morning, and in the afternoon the Market Hall was filled with festive stalls raising funds for local charities. The publicity for the day was supported by sponsorship from TalkTalk broadband and telephone provider who gave £1,000.
Students from Appleby Grammar were selling festive items and running a Name the Bear competition. It is one of the many fundraisers they are working on this winter. They will be hosting their own Christmas Gift Evening on Friday, December 2 from 7-9pm in the school hall, will be pbag packing on December 21 and 23 in Morrison’s, Penrith and on January 27 atat Appleby Grammar School they will be hosting a ceildli dance.
Santa made a guest appearance at Sparkle Day before the Sparkle Dance in the Market Hall that evening.
This year’s best dressed window winners were Heelis Solicitors for non-food and Stephenson’s Fruit and Vegetable Shop in the food category.