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Christmas comes to Grimsby as we install the town’s Christmas lights!

We have been spreading plenty of Christmas cheer recently after successfully installing Grimsby town centre’s festive lights.

The installation of the Lincolnshire town’s decorations has been an annual event for McCann for the past 25 years, and is an occasion that our dedicated maintenance team in the region always enjoys. Our work in Grimsby forms part of a wider project across the North East Lincolnshire region, which also sees us install seasonal lighting in the towns of Cleethorpes and Immingham as part of our maintenance contract for the area.

The process of installing Grimsby’s lights actually begins in September, with checks carried out on all the lights to ensure they are in correct working order, ready for their re-appearance. Once all the lights are checked, the installation process begins and is carried out throughout October and November.

The 2016 display includes 190 feature installations and 150 strings of lights – all installed by our North East Lincolnshire team. There was also the important job of putting up and decorating the town’s Christmas tree, specially imported from the town of Sortland in Norway. The tree has been kindly donated to Grimsby for the past 13 years as a thank you for the allies’ liberation of Norway during the Second World War, and the arrival of the tree is often considered as the beginning of the Christmas season for Grimsby. Once decorated, the tree holds around 4,000 individual LED lights!

Grimsby’s big switch-on took place on Thursday 24th November in front of eager crowds in St James’ Square. Special guests at this year’s switch on included Chase and Marshall from Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol, as well as Geoff Bartholomew – a popular local football coach from Discoveries Football Club.

John Drury, Area Supervisor at McCann, said “the installation of Grimsby’s lights is a huge project that takes around ten weeks for our on-site team to complete. We have to plan our work around the best ‘out of hours’ times when there are fewer members of the public around”.

This year’s switch-on proved a huge success for the town, with popular special guests and activities such as donkey rides and a reindeer petting area attracting large crowds on a cold Thursday evening.

“The switch-on was great for everyone involved and the public loved it. We are very proud to see our hard work illuminating the town for the festive period and we look forward to many more years spreading festive cheer across the Lincolnshire area” added John.

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