Future's looking bright for Budleigh's festive lights

PUBLISHED: 12:30 04 February 2017

Councillor Mike Hiller (left) will take over the organising of the Christmas light from Alan Tilbury (right)

Councillor Mike Hiller (left) will take over the organising of the Christmas light from Alan Tilbury (right)

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There will be a new face organising Budleigh Salterton’s iconic Christmas lights - and he wants to make them better than ever.

Budleigh and District Chamber of Commerce president Alan Tilbury is taking a back seat in the organisation of the illuminations, with town councillor Mike Hillier taking over.

With the help of a qualified electrician and other volunteers in the town, Alan has been involved in the maintaining, putting up and taking down of the lights for more than 30 years.

He said: “It’s something I need to step away from. I am still there to support it, but we just want some younger blood to support the lights.

“It was just a matter of finding someone who wanted to do it and I am sure Mike will do a great job.”

Councillor Hiller said he is excited about the Christmas illuminations - and anyone who sees his house during the festive period will know how passionate he is.

He said: “Alan approached me and asked if I would help out. It developed from there - to the point where Alan decided he needed to give up some of the stuff he does.

“They [the lights] are wonderful and the town looks lovely when they are out.

“It is an honour to be involved in it now. I had some idea of the amount of work that goes into it before, but now I’m involved I see how much work goes into putting them up.”

“A lot of the money raised for the lights has been used to upgrade the cables. We hope we can soon replace some of the existing lights to make it better than ever.”

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