From the archives - Ocotber 1983 - £10,000 needed for Derry’s Christmas lighting display

Derry City Council has been asked to approve the provision of £2,000 grant aid to the local Chamber of Trade to help finance the erection of Christmas lights in the city centre this year.

At the monthly meeting of the Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee, a proposal that grant aid to this amount should be provided was agreed after a deputation on behalf of the Chamber of Trade was received at the meeting.

Mr Paddy Rice, a former president of the Chamber, told the committee that it was estimated that the cost of providing Christmas lights throughout the city centre would be in the region of £10,000.

He described the decorative lighting as a very necessary part of the festivities of Christmas, and stated that traders had to find ways to attract shoppers to the city.