Mousehole's historic harbour lights receive welcome boost from national fund
MOUSEHOLE'S sparkling Christmas illumination is in line to receive a welcome boost from a national money pot.
The Mousehole Harbour Lights Committee says a £9,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund is due, which would help with continued efforts to cut energy bills, reduce the display's carbon footprint and introduce new installations.
However, the money comes with a condition: the organisation will only see the cash if it raises an additional £3,000 from localised fundraising.
Committee member Ian Morris said the pursuit of more capital will "continue in earnest", because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the lights, with plans to use new updated, modern bulbs.
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Mr Morris said: "In a normal year the committee has to raise around £16,000 just to pay for the annual running costs, maintenance and bulb replacement of the light displays but, in this 50th anniversary year, with additional displays being planned and constructed, up to a further £10,000 has to be raised."
He noted the continuing commitment to running a 'green' light show, but admitted environmental progress came at a significant price. The costs of replacing existing displays with low energy, low wattage lights and lightweight structures were "considerable".
The committee organised a number of fundraising events over the summer months, including a champagne reception and auction, as well as a fun day on the harbour. In November a coffee morning at the village's Old Coastguard Hotel is planned.
Mr Morris said this year was set to be a "truly special occasion".
"Several new and spectacular displays are planned for the 50th anniversary year," he said.
"Details of these are being kept under wraps until switch-on night but we understand that one new display will be the largest nativity scene in Cornwall, and possibly the west of England."
Switch-on night is on Saturday, December 14, at 7.30pm.