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Anonymous donor saves Highgate Village Christmas lights

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:38 17 November 2015

The Save Our Lights team are fundraising to save the festive lights in Pond Square. Picture: Nigel Sutton

The Save Our Lights team are fundraising to save the festive lights in Pond Square. Picture: Nigel Sutton

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Highgate’s main square will be illuminated for Christmas thanks to an anonymous donation.

A campaign was launched last month to find £2,500 for a new set of lights for Pond Square as last year’s set are now too old to use for another year.

Organisers of Highgate’s Christmas lights now need to find about £1,000 to illuminate trees at the back of the Highgate School chapel, which faces Highgate High Street.

Co-organiser Jane Wiles, owner of Notsobig children’s clothes shop, said: “We are still looking for donations so we can light up Highgate Village and embrace the spirit of Christmas.”

The high street will also be aglow for the festive season after Haringey Council, Channing School in Highgate, Streathers solicitors and developer Essential Living stepped in to cover the cost of putting up lights.

Highgate Village shops and residents have also contributed to the lights.

For the first time since 2011, Highgate will not hold its annual Christmas festival due to a lack of volunteers.

A smaller, low-key switch-on will take place on a date yet to be arranged. The festival is expected to be reinstated next year.

Celebrities including Homeland star Damien Lewis have turned on Highgate’s lights in previous years.


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