It’s going to be an extraordinary Christmas. That’s the message from the BID Camborne and Camborne Town Council teams as they busy themselves with festive preparations unlike any others that have gone before.

Traditional features like the thirty-foot real Nordman Fir tree in the town’s square, swathes of street Christmas light displays and a model Santa on his bench will still be in place but, instead of the usual crowd-pulling switch-on event, residents and businesses are being invited to join a mass virtual switch-on.

“On Thursday 3 December at 8pm, we’re asking everyone to stand outside their properties like they did when they clapped for the NHS and turn their lights and Christmas decorations on at the same time as those in the town,” explained BID Manager Anna Pascoe. “If they haven’t got round to putting them up, we’re asking them to shine a torch or their mobile phone up into the sky.

“We want to light up the whole town in one bright, magical minute. Things can’t be normal this year for obvious reasons, but they can be memorable. Camborne is a close-knit community and, as the last eight months have proved, we’re very good at pulling together and helping each other out. 

“Christmas in Camborne has always been a highlight of the annual town calendar and we want to make this one as momentous as possible.”

The Christmas tree has been installed for free by Combined Tree Services, assisted by the Camborne Town Council amenities team. Apollo Bingo have again contributed to the tree’s purchase with a £500 donation.

Regardless of the impact Covid-19 has had on their livelihoods, businesses will be ensuring the town’s streets are as Christmassy as always by participating in the annual Christmas shop window competition. This year’s theme is “One in a Million” and positive messages about Camborne getting through Covid are actively encouraged as part of the festive mix.

“2020 has been hard in many ways but we are determined to make Christmas as extraordinary as it can be,” said Camborne’s mayor Councillor David Wilkins. “It won’t be the same, but we’re doing everything we can to make it extra special.”

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