Its smiles all round at Ringwood Town Council as they received £9988 from the National Lottery toward the Christmas Lights Switch On and supporting other events in the town throughout the year.

The funds will be used to augment some of the sponsorship obtained to make sure the town is well illuminated this year and it will pay for equipment and advertising for other local projects.

Town Clerk Mr Steve Nash said ‘this funding is for community events and it’s very gratifying to know the Lottery see the importance of what we are trying to do here and are supporting us’.

The Christmas event which is planned for the 6th December and will run from 10am till 7pm will include new lights around the town, including Christmas Tree, Santa’s Grotto, street entertainers, live music, choirs, a children’s Lantern Parade and guaranteed snow.

Mayor of Ringwood Councillor Barbara Woodifield said ‘we want the whole community involved in the event and hope that people will be encouraged into the town to enjoy the activities of the day and support local business to’.

Details of how to get involved, sponsorship opportunities for business and competitions can be obtained by contacting the Town Clerk Mr Steve Nash or Mandy Oldfield on 01425 473883 or e-mail town.council@ringwood.gov.uk