Advice for a brighter Christmas in Devizes

This Is Wiltshire: The lantern parade and fireworks that heralded the switching on of the Christmas lights in Devizes The lantern parade and fireworks that heralded the switching on of the Christmas lights in Devizes

The majority of people who took part in a questionnaire thought the Christmas lights in Devizes were good but some said there needed to be more coloured lights.

Devizes Town Council, which spent £11,500 on the Christmas lights in the town in December, asked for the public’s views at the mayor’s carol concert in December.

Of 60 questionnaires which were completed, 88 per cent of respondents thought the Christmas lights were good or very good, while the rest thought they were poor.

In comparison to 2012, 37 felt the lights were the same, 13 better and ten worse.

On the range of lighting there was a mix of responses, with some wanting more lights, more coloured lights or saying there was a lack of lights in certain areas. Others said the white lights looked “beautiful”.

The switching on of the lights was criticised by 18 per cent who said the ceremony was poor but 82 per cent said it was good or very good.

Forty six respondents wanted to see improvements. Some thought there were too many stalls in the Market Place and the fun fair was too noisy during the countdown to switching on the lights. Others thought there was a lack of street performers. Suggestions included the use of better PA systems in the Wharf and Market Place.

The survey took place before the gales that damaged the Christmas tree in the Market Place and resulted it its removal before the end of the festive season, while some of the lights in the town failed due to water getting into them.

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5:41pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Fluffy peppa says...

My thoughts are:
The fair rides took up room & very noisy.
Keep the Xmas market a theme of Xmas, ie more Xmas related gift stalls/German themed? German sausages/produce/gif
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Was stood in the market place and thought the radio presenter was cheesy.
Need street performers interacting with the crowds.
Let's make Xmas market/light switch on more Xmas themed.
More traders or local crafts persons required or the Xmas market people needed! We have a farmers market, French market.....so let's theme the Xmas more.
Lots of waiting around: equals bored kids - entertainment required please!
Love Marborough lights, very sparkly....an idea for the light committee?
My thoughts are: The fair rides took up room & very noisy. Keep the Xmas market a theme of Xmas, ie more Xmas related gift stalls/German themed? German sausages/produce/gif ts. Was stood in the market place and thought the radio presenter was cheesy. Need street performers interacting with the crowds. Let's make Xmas market/light switch on more Xmas themed. More traders or local crafts persons required or the Xmas market people needed! We have a farmers market, French market.....so let's theme the Xmas more. Lots of waiting around: equals bored kids - entertainment required please! Love Marborough lights, very sparkly....an idea for the light committee? Fluffy peppa

6:43am Sat 18 Jan 14

Fumble says...

The white lights in Devizes looked great. Please don't add coloured lights!

I drove through Devizes and Melksham one evening; Melksham's lights were a mess - a mixture of styles and colours. Devizes lights were consistent and tasteful; so much nicer (sorry Melksham!)
The white lights in Devizes looked great. Please don't add coloured lights! I drove through Devizes and Melksham one evening; Melksham's lights were a mess - a mixture of styles and colours. Devizes lights were consistent and tasteful; so much nicer (sorry Melksham!) Fumble

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