With Christmas just a few weeks away and festivities being planned for Ringwood town, organisers have just received the icing on the cake.

Local retirement developers McCarthy & Stone have just sponsored the final sets of lighting which will light up Meeting House Lane for this year’s event at a cost of more than £2000.

The Town Clerk Mr Steve Nash said “It’s been a fantastic response from lots of local businesses and I am very grateful to McCarthy & Stone for their contribution in confirming all the funding is in place’.

Jacqui Meenan, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy & Stone, commented: “We’re absolutely delighted we were able to complete the sponsorship required for the Ringwood Christmas Lights. We’re dedicated to helping communities and we look forward to seeing Ringwood light up this Christmas.”

In addition to new lighting throughout the town the Mistletoe Stars will adorn 2 of the large trees on Meeting House Lane and should be clearly seen from the A31, just to let everyone know Christmas is alive and well in Ringwood.

Town Mayor Cllr Barbara Woodifield said ‘This event has already been a great demonstration of partnership work, with the Town Council, National Lottery and local Business all contributing toward making this a successful event. I hope our residents will turn out in large numbers to enjoy the entertainment and support local business on the 6th December.

The Ringwood event will also see the first appearance of Roger the Ringwood Reindeer a costume character who will be the mascot of the event and help promote Christmas activities each year. There will also be a Children’s Lantern Parade, Shop Window Competition and free sweets being handed out by lots of Naughty Elves from Ringwood School.

There are still 2 gaps left in the entertainment programme and organisers would be happy to hear from local artists who might like to perform at the event.

For more information on projects in Ringwood, look at the council’s web site www.ringwood.gov.uk or ring 01425 473883