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New team wanted to renew Christmas lights in St. Peter Port

Image description, A new team is being sought to take over the management of the festive lighting

  • Author, Angela Ferguson
  • Role, BBC News

A new team is being sought to take over the management of St Peter Port's Christmas lights.

Jax Robin, chairman of the Guernsey charity, and treasurer Keith Robin have been running the event for eight years but will retire in September.

They are now asking for fresh blood to take up the baton – Mrs Robin said: “It's time to revamp St Peter Port for Christmas.”

They said the new team's tasks include organising the switch-on and parade, as well as raising £30,000 towards the event's estimated cost of £60,000-65,000.

“You can start by doing things as they are and then add your own ideas later,” Ms Robin said.

She said anyone who volunteers for the role must have a passion for the community and the island.

Image description, The team is responsible for organizing the annual lights-on and parade

Ms Robin said plans for this year's event were already taking shape, including a contract with a local event rental company that has been handling lighting for a number of years.

She explained the benefits of the event for the island: “It contributes to the happiness and well-being of all the people of Guernsey.”

Ms Robin said the event and the lights would also benefit the town, including the retail and hospitality sectors.

Image description, Keith Robin said they would be on hand to support a new team at this year's event.

Mr Robin said he was not sure there was ever a right time to step back, but the new team needed enthusiasm and an artistic eye to create new designs.

He said the reward for all the hard work was “seeing people's faces when you walk through town and the number of people who have said they appreciate the impact – it's priceless.”

Mr Robin said they needed someone with “enthusiasm” who had ideas for fundraising. They also needed someone with an artistic eye to design the exhibitions and see if they could think of something different.

Both he and his wife Robin have offered to be on site at this year's event and support the new team.

The group will launch its annual envelope appeal this month.

Mr Robin said that a grant had already been received this year from the Department of Economic Development and that some money was also available from last year's Christmas fundraiser.

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