Revellers raising the roof as they raise money for Herne Bay’s Christmas lights (picture courtesy of DJR Photography)

Huge party raises money for Christmas lights

A massive party has raised almost £1,000 for the Christmas lights at Herne Bay.

Local acts entertained revellers at the town’s seaside nightclub Vibe, which donated use of the venue on Friday night.

There were performances by Rapturous, The Silent Companions, Bodhi Music, Hello Gecko and Lucy Kitt.

A crowdfunding appeal has also been launched in an effort to realise the money needed for the lights.

Sheila Mann, from the Herne Bay Christmas Lights Group, said: “With less than two months until Christmas day, we are very aware that we are running out of time to raise the money to light up Herne Bay for the festive season.

“We were delighted with the success of the music night and are so grateful to everyone who gave up their time to make it happen.

“We’re a very small team, and most of us are also running our own businesses, so we really do need the town to get behind us.

“If everyone in Herne Bay donated just £1 to our crowdfunding appeal or in the pots around the town we would easily meet our target.”

The music night was supported by Dog House Studios.

It was sponsored by Herne Bay Rocks, The Bouncing Barrel, Thomas and Partners, Bside the Cside, Music Bay, Parkerville and Taylor Meats.

Garry Northwood acted as compere for the evening and Daniel Russell was the event photographer.

The lights group hope to build on the successes of last year – the first time the town’s display was organised by businesses and the local community.

Businesses can get involved by sponsoring the lights, and there is also a £25 family sponsorship option.

If enough money is raised, there will be a community switch-on event on Friday, November 23.

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