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A TOWN centre is finally set to be bathed in a festive glow from tomorrow after fears there would be no Christmas lights.

The Mayor of Havant, Ken Smith, is set to switch on the lights in Waterlooville town centre at 4pm tomorrow.

The switch-on was initially organised for 5pm but has now been rescheduled.

As reported in The News, Waterlooville Business Association said it could not afford to pay for the lights this year due to dwindling membership, together with the added complication of having roadworks along London Road.

Waterlooville councillor Ray Bastin stepped in as he was incensed there would be no lights.

Retirement developer McCarthy & Stone is providing around £1,200 to pay for the lights, and cash is also coming from Havant Borough Council.

The property firm, which is building its new development Victory Court in London Road, agreed to help Cllr Bastin fund the lights’ installation and necessary safety checks.

Cllr Bastin said: ‘I’m extremely grateful to McCarthy & Stone for their support.

‘It would have been really sad for the town not to have its annual Christmas display and I’m delighted it can now go ahead.’

Sharon Callcut, marketing manager for McCarthy & Stone, said: ‘We are always keen to invest in the communities in which we build and when we heard about the funding issues with the lights we wanted to do our bit to help. We look forward to seeing Waterlooville up in lights!’

St George’s Church has also helped to create a festive atmosphere with decorations outside the church.