Editor’s Note: This is a letter sent to Festival of Lights volunteers following their workparty on Sunday, Nov. 3 and copied to the Chronicle.
I just want to thank you all for one of the best major set up work parties for the Festival of Lights that I have been involved in over the past years. With the new lighting changes and the new street maps so clearly outlined, volunteers were able to re-lamp the trees with very few glitches. Special thanks to Robin and Gerta Francis and Greg Edwards for a new street light pattern plan well done. Looking forward to the new Light Up look for Ladysmith.
Real big thanks for those volunteers who looked at problems, made good decisions and took fast action, to make sure our community street volunteers and businesses did not feel misused or not needed as we all worked hard today to get all the buildings and trees decorated.
The work today on moving decorations to roofs and buildings and re-bulbing businesses could not have been accomplished without all the in-kind support from many of the firms that operate bucket and ladder trucks, which we thank Duck Paterson and Ray Delcourt for organizing.
What was also great is we had every available person from council and several senior members of town staff helping us as well. What town have we all lived in that would be able to say that! That along with the 100-plus community volunteers is really great support to the Festival of Lights program from our community.
Looking forward to a great light up and a beautiful seasonal look to Ladysmith this winter.
President, Festival of Lights Society