Celebrating Portishead’s big Christmas switch-on

Grant funds 5,000 new low-energy light bulbs and refurbished cables

Portishead’s Christmas Lights are bigger and better than ever this year thanks to a grant from National Grid, who has funded the replacement and upgrade of 8km of cabling, over 5000 new low-energy LED light bulbs, safety training and PPE for over 100 volunteers.

On Monday 29 November, Hinkley Connection Project Director, James Goode and CSR Officer Jonathan Richardson joined the celebrations for the big switch on. Individuals nominated by local people for making a significant contribution to supporting the community did the honours and lit up the town.

The event, which attracted thousands of people, is run by local volunteers and is a highlight of the festive season in the area. Last year’s was sadly cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

James Goode said: “We aim to leave a positive legacy for the communities we are working closest to and Portishead Christmas Lights is a highlight of the festive calendar for local people every year. We’re proud to play a part and it’s such a great fit for us as we work to bring low-carbon electricity into homes and businesses in the area.”

Stuart Hamer, Chair of the Portishead Christmas Lights committee said: “The £20,000 grant has allowed us to renew all the cabling and rather than one bulb per metre there is now two – meaning there are a lot more lights in the display.”