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Covid discretionary funding will help fix Wick's festive lights


By Alan Hendry

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The Christmas lights in Wick town centre lights were on display three months longer than usual.
The Christmas lights in Wick town centre lights were on display three months longer than usual.

Covid discretionary funding allocated by Caithness members of Highland Council will "go a good way" towards repairing Wick's Christmas lights.

The Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council heard this week that a maximum £1500 had been awarded to Wick Christmas Lights Committee, with the same sum going to Thurso for a similar purpose.

Wick's festive lights were on display three months longer than usual in 2020/21 and some of them suffered weather damage. The delay in taking them down was due to Covid-19 regulations and the fact that the work was classed as non-essential.

Claire Mackenzie, chairperson of Wick Christmas Lights Committee, told the community council's May meeting that the £1500 would be put to good use.

“That is to cover some of the damages that we’ve incurred this year with having to leave the lights up longer," she said. "It will not cover all our damages but it’ll go a good way to repairing a lot of them.”


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