At last! Glos Rd festive lights return

November 27 2015

FOR the first time in over 10 years, Gloucester Road is illuminated this festive season with Christmas lights.

FOR the first time in over 10 years, Gloucester Road is illuminated this festive season with Christmas lights.

Independent traders along the street, who are part of the Gloucester Road Business Improvement District (BID), have come together to fund the new festive lights, costing over £25,000.

The official switch-on was November 19, and to celebrate the occasion a brass band played along the Promenade and shops opened late, offering treats such as mince pies.

One of the BID directors, Dawn Clode, who runs the Head to Toe salon in Gloucester Road, says it is about time the street was lit up for Christmas.

She said: "Clifton and Broadmead both have lights but until now Gloucester Road has missed out. This year money from our new traders group is helping to fix that.

“We want to make the street as welcoming as possible to shoppers this Christmas. Our message is be independent this Christmas, shop on Gloucester Road."

The light switch-on also marked the start of a number of competitions being held in the run-up to Christmas. In addition, funds will be collected over the festive period for charities, the North Bristol Foodbank and the Julian Trust Night Shelter.

For more information about how to enter the festive competitions, like ‘Gloucester Road Bristol’ on Facebook and follow @GloucesterRoad on Twitter.