News for 2021 Lightshows

We are delighted to announce that Fletchers Solicitors have kindly agreed to sponsor our Christmas Lightshow for 2021!

 

Their generous sponsorship means we can confidently plan for the Christmas shows with all the freebies, sweets and hot chocolate we need. The show has grown over the years to be a part of so many family's Christmas celebrations and it's fantastic that a prominent local company which is such a big part of Southport's economy has agreed to join us.

 

Alex Hatchman, CEO of Fletchers commented 'Fletchers Solicitors is delighted to be supporting this year’s Sidney Road Christmas Lights! The lights have become a firm date in the calendar for Southport residents over the last few years and they bring joy to so many. We particularly love the community aspect of it, which is so important at this time. As well as making people smile, it also raises hundreds of pounds for Freshfields Animal Rescue so we are proud to be this year’s sponsor.

 

 

This promises to be a big year for us, not only do we have all the props and upgrades that we had waiting in the wings for 2020 we now have another year in which to build new props and special effects, these include a 4m high model of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, 8m long matrix running along the garden wall and another matrix facing the road. These new props plus other additions will bring our count to over 30,000 pixels all controlled from a fleet of Raspberry Pi computers.

 

Further props for 2021 include high density panels (p5) similar to those used at sports stadia (ours are much smaller) and who knows what Jaffa will build for 2021.......

 

Over 20 brand new sequences were ready for last Christmas and there will be even more for 2021 allowing us to have themed nights such as movie songs, Disney compilations along with classic rock from Queen and Styx to name but two. One of the American enthusiasts has built a website which can be accessed on a smartphone allowing the spectators to vote for their favourite sequence to be played, in effect controlling the show,  needless to say we'll have this in operation some nights.

 

With the help of all our friends and neighbours we're planning to run two nights with our Halloween show - Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October. We'll be ordering a pallet load of hot dogs and rolls in anticipation of hoardes of hungry children! More details will follow as Halloween draws near.....

 

All being well Christmas shows will start Saturday 11th December with our Lighting Up Party at 6pm. We're delighted to confirm that Sandgrounder Radio our local Southport station will be hosting the event for the third year running. Following their tremendous contribution last time Starkidz Christmas Elves will be joining us for our Lighting Up Party, these guys are truly incredible entertainers, we're so pleased to have them join us. Regular shows will run daily on the hour and half-hour 4:30 until 9:00 every night with New Years Day being the last night. Saturday 18th will be our Christmas party night.

 

We will be continuing our support for Freshfields Animal Rescue, back in 2019 we raised almost £1600 for them so this year we must aim higher - £2000 is the target, please come along and help us.

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