VOLUNTEERS put up Christmas lights around Chard ahead of the town’s switch-on event which will take place next week.

Garry Shortland the Mayor of Chard, Jason Baker, and Jenny Kenton were assisted by Guy from King's electricals, and spent around 100 hours servicing, checking, testing, and repairing the lights earlier this week.

They put up six cross-street decorations and 20 frames on lamp posts.

Chard & Ilminster News: Volunteers put up the Christmas lights this weekVolunteers put up the Christmas lights this week (Image: Chard Carnival Committee)

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Volunteers also decorated the town with hundreds of icicle lights.

Jason Baker, chairman of the Chard Carnival Committee, said: “Chard Christmas lights switch-on takes place on Saturday, November 25, join us to celebrate the festive season, there is a Christmas craft fayre in the Guildhall from 10am until 2pm, and then from 4pm until 8pm.

“Christmas market stalls food and drink outside from 6pm as well as Santa grotto 6pm until 8pm.

“Chard Majorettes will parade down through the town at 7pm followed by Santa on his sleigh.

“The Christmas lights will be switched on at 7.30pm”

Chard & Ilminster News: Jenny Kenton and Jason BakerJenny Kenton and Jason Baker (Image: Chard Carnival Committee)

Chard & Ilminster News: Mayor of Chard, Garry Shortland (left) putting up the decorationsMayor of Chard, Garry Shortland (left) putting up the decorations (Image: Chard Carnival Committee)

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A message on the Chard Carnival website, from a blog written by Brian Quinn, read: “Not all heroes wear capes. Once again Jason, Jenny, and Garry have been around the town filling it with Christmas cheer.

“For one and all too feel that little bit of Christmas magic as they look up through the town. "That little glow in everyone’s hearts they feel as they see the town lit up with the beautiful, sparkling spectacular, that is Chard Christmas lights.

“I never feel prouder of our little town as I see it all aglow during the festivities. There are very few people who would dedicate weeks of time and effort to making our little town look so very special.

“So thank you from the bottom of our hearts must go out to Jason Baker and his group of merry elves for their time, effort, determination, and utter devotion.”

Chard Christmas lights switch-on event will take place on Saturday, November 25.