Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

Film crew set to descend as festive campaign begins

4 Sep 2017 by Vicky Carr

Businesses in Harrogate are preparing for a starring role as a film crew descends on the town this week.

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Simon Cotton, John Fox and Nick Hancock

Leeds-based Daisybeck Studios is creating a two-part documentary about the town's festive preparations, to air on Channel 5 just before Christmas.

The team will arrive in Harrogate this week as the annual campaign to fund the Christmas lights begins. Harrogate at Christmas, a team of volunteers set up in 2006 by then-mayor John Fox, needs to raise more than £30,000 through donations and contributions from the community.

Mr Fox said: "Christmas is such a vital time of year for our local shops, restaurants and hotels – many of them need to achieve a large proportion of their annual turnover in the six weeks up to Christmas.

“This documentary is a great opportunity for us to show Harrogate at its very best, with everyone pulling together for the good of our town, and bringing in lots of visitors as a result."

One of the key focuses of the documentary will be the annual Christmas Shop Window competition. Any business which donates to the lights can enter, and awards for the best displays will be handed out at the Big Switch-On of the lights on Thursday, November 16.

"We've had a lot of interest in this year's campaign since Daisybeck announced they were coming to Harrogate," said Coun Fox.

"What's important now is to ensure we convert that into pledges and donations on Friday. Any business hoping to take part in the shop window competition needs to make a donation.”

He added: "We absolutely rely on the generosity of everyone, from individuals and small businesses to the big chain shops. Every donation, no matter how small or large, is important and could make all the difference when it comes to lighting up Harrogate again this Christmas."

For further information about the campaign, visit www.harrogateatchristmas.org or call Councillor John Fox on 07801 273 704.