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The festive celebrations continue to ensure Christmas cheer
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Staffordshire market town of Tamworth - as if to celebrate the ending of the national lockdown in England. While 2020 has been a year like no other, with many of the usual festive activities unable to take place, Tamworth Borough Council has endeavoured to share some Christmas spirit with all its residents and visitors. Take a walk through the town and people will see the Christmas lights on display, while a new attraction this year is a fantastic light projection on buildings around the town. Funding for the display was courtesy of local business sponsors in addition to a donation from the council. Local shops and businesses have also been creating Christmas window displays for shoppers to enjoy as part of the town's Festive Windows competition.

The Christmas lights go on in Tamworth

Ankerside Shopping Centre has also joined in with the festivities and is dedicating its Christmas tree to the NHS and their staff for the dedication they showed during the pandemic. A smaller tree will also be decorated with yellow hearts which will become the Ankerside Memory Tree for anyone wishing to remember a loved one. The yellow hearts will be available from the Centre Management Office. Anyone wishing to get involved with the Memory Tree can make a donation, pick up a heart and dedicate it for a loved one, then post in the collection box by the tree. All contributions will be donated to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Appeal. The council's Arts and Events team is also supporting a new project in partnership with New Urban Era, professional artists, and students from South Staffordshire College. The project has called on the public, groups and schools to help with artwork designs of various angels' wings in an art trail around the town. The completed windows will remain on display until January.

Ankerside Shopping Centre
Ankerside Shopping Centre's festive tribute to the NHS

Councillor Jeremy Oates, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for heritage and growth, said: "As we are all aware, due to the pandemic lots of events can't take place this year, but this doesn't mean Christmas is cancelled. We hope families will take advantage of our free parking Saturdays and support our local shops and businesses. The Covid-19 safe activities including the Festive Windows displays, Christmas lights, 'We are Angels' project and the Snowman Trail, can still bring some Christmas cheer and make the town as festive and inviting as possible while continuing to abide by the local restrictions. We invite everyone to join in and be a part of the Christmas spirit."

Parking will again be free in Tamworth Borough Council run car parks on Saturday 5 December and Saturday 19 December. Ankerside Shopping Centre is also offering free parking in its car park on those dates. The offer does not apply to the NCP car park on the site of the former Gungate Precinct.

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Why? Brighten up Tamworth with a Christmas lights and window display
When: Christmas
Phone: 01827709618
Where: Ankerside Shopping Centre, George Street, Tamworth B79 7LG
Cost: Free
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