BES ensures bright Christmas for Fleetwood
Fleetwood is set for a magical Christmas after local energy supplier BES Utilities helped smash the £20,000 target needed to fund the town’s festive lights.The Fleetwood-based company has joined forces with Fleetwood Town Council and a hardy team of volunteers determined to make the port shine bright this Christmas.
BES Utilities has given £8,000 to the town’s Festive Lights Fund which, together with the £12,000 already raised, will mean The Mount will be fully lit for the first time while all the main streets in the town centre will sparkle with Christmas trees and festive installations.It is hoped the new-look Christmas lights will help bring visitors and shoppers to the town over the festive period, boosting local business.
BES Utilities managing director Andy Pilley said: “BES is proud to be a Fleetwood company and so we are delighted to be able to help the town in this way.“The volunteers and Town Council have done a wonderful job in raising £12,000 and I am thrilled that, through our donation, they have reached their target of £20,000 which will mean the best ever Christmas lights show for the town."
The £20,000 target has been met thanks to the BES donation, together with a £4,000 contribution from both Fleetwood Town Council and Wyre Council as well as support from local businesses and bucket collections by volunteers.
Cllr Terry Rogers, chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, said: “Words cannot say how much the support of Andy Pilley and BES Utilities is appreciated.“The Festive Lights are an integral part of both retail and community expectations. The lights really encourage visitors to come and shop locally which gives a boost to the local economy.
“Without such wonderful support from BES events like this may not be able to continue as fund-raising gets more difficult year-on-year. It is great to see a local company get involved in this way to really help local businesses and the local community.”Cllr Mary Stirzaker, Town councillor and member of the Festive Lights Committee, added: “I was jumping up and down when I heard BES Utilities had come on board with such a generous donation. This will make a real difference for Fleetwood.”