Duns festive lights dilemma

IT could cost as much as £11,000 for Duns Christmas lights display to be as good in the future as it has been in the past few years.

Changes in how the lights are plugged into Scottish Borders Council’s street lighting system, largely on health and safety grounds, resulted in doubts about whether the Christmas lights in Duns, Coldstream and Innerleithen would go on for the recent festive season, but a compromise was reached so the towns were as festive as ever.

Last week, Duns Christmas Lights Committee met SBC officials while the festive lights were still up, so that the two sides could discuss what was needed and how it could be achieved.

“We need between six and eight boxes on the north side of the Square, we have enough on the south side,” said Duns committee member Stuart Renton.

The overhead lights are the main issue, and there is a possibility that a new power line could be needed which is why the cost could potentially be so high, plus a new connection and replacemen lights are needed for the Chrismtas tree.