Christmas Light Group
A display of Christmas Lights in Lanner was established in the early 1980’s by the late Cllr Dick Hancock and Mr Charlie Job with just one string of coloured bulbs hung at Lanner Village Hall.
From this initial spark the displays became more extensive and adventurous, eventually moving to Lanner Square to accommodate increasingly large gatherings at “Switch On”. Community involvement also broadened with input from Lanner Band, the Lanner Inn and District (later Cornwall) and Parish Councillors. With Father Christmas always managing to squeeze in a trip to Lanner in his busy schedule the annual event has brought a lot of winter cheer to the community.
For several years, the display was erected by Cornwall Cllr John Thomas and a handful of dedicated volunteers. When John indicated that it was time to hand over the reins a new and enthusiastic team stepped up to the mark.
In order to offer appropriate insurance cover for both equipment and the switch on event the Parish Council has joined with volunteers and a Christmas Lights Forum now manages the event. The displays have grown in ambition and additional locations for displays included. By 2019 the event had grown so large that the Switch On needed a new home. Led by the Hayle Storm Samba Band the lantern parade started from Lanner School and wound its way to Lanner Playing Field to be greeted by Lanner Band Academy, refreshments and of course our friend Father Christmas resplendent in his sleigh!
It wasn’t an easy decision to move the event from The Square but that is still decorated, lit up and the village tree is positioned there too.
If you wouldn’t mind cold hands, enjoy overcoming challenge and would like to be part of this fun team please do contact the Council where we can tell you more about taking part in this community project aiming to spread festive cheer.