The Mayor hosts first Lewes Christmas Lights Switch-On for 23 years

The Mayor of Lewes, Councillor Matthew Bird, hosted a small Christmas Lights Switch-on event during this year’s Lewes Late Night Shopping.  

The Mayor invited members of the community, including last year’s Civic Award winners, for a reception in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Town Hall before the Late Night Shopping events started. 

The event was one of the first Christmas lights switch-ons that Lewes had seen since the year 2000. Because of Lewes’ unique rooflines, it has always been difficult to host ornate Christmas lights in the town, but Lewes Town Council has recently taken on responsibility for the regular Christmas lights in the town. The Mayor was keen to celebrate the lights, and build a precedent for future switch-on events.

He asked Carmen Slijpen, the director of Depot Cinema to do the honour of officially switching on the Lewes Town Hall Christmas lights, as a small thank you for her and the rest of Depot staff’s contribution to the local community. 

The switch-on also marked the opening of the nomination period for next year’s Civic Awards. The Civic Awards are Lewes Town Council’s annual way work tirelessly for the benefit of others, and can often go unnoticed. 

The Mayor wanted to create the link between those who light up the community with their service and the bright Christmas lights at the switch-on. 

He said: “Carmen is truly brilliant. She has made Depot a real jewel of the community. She does so much work behind the scenes, supporting our local foodbanks and championing sustainability in Lewes without asking for a word of thanks.  

“It’s wonderful to give her this honour, and I’m looking forward to seeing nominations for similarly amazing people for next year’s Civic Awards.” 

Nominations for the Civic Awards can be made for individuals or groups who have provided long-term service to Lewes residents, or to individuals or groups who have created a recent but highly innovative and demonstrably impactful service. 

The Mayor continued by saying: “It’s great that we have been able to provide the Christmas Lights this year and I hope that going forward we will have an annual Christmas Lights switch-on event as part of Late Night Shopping.  

“I wish everyone Seasons Greetings from all at the Town Hall!”