* Graham Paton, managing director of Linguassist Ltd, switches on last year's lights with the Town Mayor, Cllr Jon Haddy (left).
In the wake of the cancellation of this year's Llangollen Christmas Festival due to the coronavirus threat the town council has confirmed that the festive lights will still be lit up.
Town Clerk Gareth Thomas said: “The Christmas illuminations have always been the responsibility of Llangollen Town Council alone, and whilst it has been an integral part of the Christmas Festival the switching on of the lights is not dependent on this year’s event taking place.
"I have spoken to the contractors engaged to undertake the works and they have advised me that they are able to do so whilst maintaining safe social distancing.
"Therefore, the illuminations will be installed during October with a view to them being switched on as early as possible to try and provide some much needed Christmas cheer over the winter months.
"Clearly this year’s switch-on will be a much simpler affair because of the restrictions on outdoor gatherings, but consideration is being given to some form of modest event."
The Town Clerk also reported that other aspects of the Town Council’s activities are slowly returning following the restrictions caused by the pandemic.
Members of the public can now arrange an appointment to visit the council offices on Tuesdays and Wednesdays where a socially-distanced meeting space has been set up in the Council Chamber.
At present regulations governing community centres do not allow meetings of local authorities to be held indoors and therefore Town Council meetings will continue to be undertaken remotely until the regulations allow face to face meetings.
However, other changes to these regulations do allow for exercise in gatherings of no more than 30 people in community buildings.
Therefore, the Town Council are, this Tuesday, considering the reopening of the Town Hall on October 1 to facilitate this and considerable effort has gone into making the building Covid secure.
The Town Clerk said that during lockdown the council's Facilities Officer, Charlie Jones, assisted by volunteers, has been busy decorating the vestibule, booking hall and the first floor landings of the Town Hall.
Charlie said: “It was appropriate to make use of the fact that the Town Hall has been closed to start repainting and renovating a number of public spaces.
"I am indebted to the help of volunteers particularly Charles Harris and Chris Stone who have helped with this work and have allowed the Town Council to keep cost down during this difficult period when closure has resulted in a loss of income.
"It has also not been easy with the limitations of social distancing, but the end results of all our efforts has been rewarding.
"It is very pleasing that this work has been done in time to, hopefully, receive dance classes back to the Town Hall next month.”