Mousehole Christmas Lights
May 2021 Press Release
The Committee and Trustees of Mousehole Harbour Lights hope that following the cancellation of the 2020 Lights display due to the Covid Pandemic restrictions, that it will be possible to stage a Lights display in December 2021.
All planning at this stage must of necessity be provisional whilst there is still uncertainty about Government restrictions which may apply and the need for care and precautions which we must all take against Covid which are likely to be required.
Subject to these points, it is proposed that Mousehole Harbour Lights will be displayed as far as possible in the village with certain considerations being taken.
Firstly, as a break with tradition there will be no formal Switch-on Ceremony and Carolaire which in the past have brought large crowds into the village, it is felt necessary to take this course of action as the need for social distancing is likely still to be a requirement later in 2021.
It is proposed that there will be a “soft switch on” meaning that rather than there being a specific Switch-on ceremony, it is intended that the various individual displays will be switched on and illuminated as and when they are completed and ready. This is intended to assist in the social distancing and avoidance of a crowd in the confined environs of Mousehole village.
Like many organisations Mousehole Harbour Lights suffered financial losses during the restrictions imposed in 2020, its fixed costs such as insurances and rent continuing, and with most of its income normally being derived from public contributions. These losses have not been reduced or ameliorated by the usual grant from PZTC which was cancelled. It is therefore considered prudent that the reduced financial reserves be utilised to the best possible effect with cost savings to be balanced against the need to attract contributions to finance the Lights. Economies must therefore be made and of necessity these will result in some of the displays which incur high fixed costs, such as the cost of scaffolding, being side-lined for 2021. It is intended however, that most of the much loved displays in and around the harbour will be erected and illuminated with local people and visitors being welcomed as usual.
Peter Taylor, Chairman of Mousehole Harbour Lights said that its finances must be replenished in order to safeguard the Lights for the future and that the best way forward is to stage the displays this year as best we can and encourage contributions from local people, businesses and visitors alike.