A TOWN’S Christmas display promises to be bigger and brighter than ever, thanks to an £18,000 cash boost.
This year, Seaham’s show will see more solar-powered LED lights added to the sea front and trees across the area decorated with the eco-friendly twinkling bulbs as the town’s leaders continue to add to and improve its collection of decorations.
It will also get another two Christmas trees, with the new additions to be put on show on the Terrace Green and join others put by Seaham Town Council outside Byron Place shopping centre and two in Church Street.
The latest lighting follows on from a £5,000 investment last year, when reindeer – also lit using solar power – were added to the town centre display.
The lights to be added this year have been bought using £10,000 gifted to the town from the Mary Portas retail improvement campaign.
The remaining £8,000 has been added by the town council, with its workers installing and maintaining the displays.
All will be turned on as part of the switch-on tomorrow.
Rather than begin in Adelaide Row as in previous years, a parade of schoolchildren and Santa and his horse-drawn carriage will make their way from the seafront at 4pm, along to a grotto in Church Street, with Father Christmas to meet youngsters until about 6.30pm.
Deputy town clerk Paul Fletcher said: “The lights in the trees will look really nice and we’ve tried to work it so that people see them on their journey through the town, so if someone goes from Westlea to another area, for example, they will see them.
“This is going to be for the long term and they are the most economical way of doing it.
“Putting in an electricity supply to a tree can cost £2,000 and the electricity use can be thousands of pounds a year, so these will pay for themselves and be used every Christmas.
“They’re going to make a terrific difference.”
He added the reindeer pieces and feedback from businesses about the new plans had been positive.
Other trees will be installed in the area by Durham County Council.