SDLP Councillor Angela Dobbins has welcomed the news that Culmore is set to get Christmas lighting for the first time.
Councillor Dobbins said: “I have been asking for the installation of a Christmas tree and lighting for several years and thanks to a kind donor and Centra Culmore supplying the electricity I managed to get one last year. I am delighted that my request has been successful and Derry City and Strabane District Council now have Culmore included on the annual supply list.
“Rural areas are often forgotten about because they are on the outskirts of the city. Culmore is one of the main arterial routes from Inishowen and I am delighted to have received confirmation that not only have we received a tree this year but that the Culmore Rd lampposts through the village area will be adorned with Christmas lighting fixtures. Work on this will be starting soon with the installation of a power unit in the lamppost for the fixtures. It is hoped that this will be completed in the next fortnight, If all goes well our lights will be up and lit for Christmas this year, but due to time constraints this may not happen but we will enjoy them from next year on.
I wish to thank Dept for communities and Council for their cooperation and I know this will bring a bit of festive cheer for all to enjoy, especially during this pandemic. “
Cllr Dobbins added ” Culmore Community Partnership are also celebrating their first Christmas at the recently opened community hub in the former Victoria Hall. Santa and his helpers will be travelling through Culmore on Saturday and Sunday from 4pm. For more information visit Culmore Community Partnership on Facebook and see notices in local shops.
We all have to be careful and stay safe, and Santa has asked that you stay at your door or in your garden as he passes by.”