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Christmas Lights Switch-On

21st November 2010


Doing our stuff at the Christmas Lights Switch On is something which we all absolutely love, in principle! But when, a few days beforehand, the weather lady starts looking up the natty blue appliques for the map and suggesting that we will have to go back to school to learn all over again about negative numbers, well then it seems that the principle might be getting a bit too close to the practical.


But no, we Lions (and our volunteer helpers) are made of sterner stuff. We don’t melt in the heat, nor seize up in the cold, or dissolve in the rain. No. But we do appreciate a bit of warmth in the Southport Lions Chuck Wagon when that appears in the Town Hall Gardens on the afternoon of the big Switch On!

Once again this year, rather than polluting the atmosphere with our portable generator, we offer a round of applause to the Town Hall Gardens Cafe who donated plugging rights to a 13A socket in their kitchen! This meant that we could run our twinkling Christmas Lights, and the kettle! (And the fire!!)

This year, as usual, we sold flashing novelty toys from the Mobile Retail Centre, seen above, and the even more Mobile Retail Centres, which looked rather similar to buckets,  carried by a number of our Members and helpers. We also took part in the Parade, starting from Pleasurelandland and running along the Promenade and back along Lord Street.

As with a number of other Charities, we decided, this year, to leave the street collection to Help for Heroes, who do such a wonderful job of supporting all those members of our armed forces who come back in a bad state from places where the brave  politicians would never dream of spending more than a flying photo opportunity.

Lions large and not so large joined in the parade which passed the reviewing stand on Lord Street on the dot of 5.30pm which was a good job as this was the time set for the Switch On. Everything went according to plan and there were many oohs and aahs when the merry twinklers burst into life. The evening concluded with the singing of some Christmas Carols in a welcome reintroduction of some real Christmas spirit to the politically correct Mid Winter Festive Retail Opportunity. Bah, humbug!