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Aveley Christmas lights: What a difference a day makes!

LAST week, the Aveley Forum came to the sad decision we could no longer afford to pay for the Christmas Lights in Aveley High Street. But, following the local press highlighting our problem things have changed and we will be having our lights this year after all. Tim Aker our local councillor and MEP is donating the cost of the lights and Thurrock Football Club is paying for the Christmas Tree.

Cllr Tim Aker MEP said: "I read the story about the lack of Christmas Lights, having grown up in Aveley I felt really sad about this news, so I am more than happy to support the Forum and provide the money to get us our lights. I said as a Councillor I would save my allowance and spend it on important community projects and I am happy to say, this is the first of several I will be announcing over the next few months."

Thurrock Football Club Chairman Tommy South and Partner Karen Keogh are delighted to support the Aveley Village Community Forum this year and are happy to donate the cost of the Aveley Christmas tree. Tommy South said "When we heard that there was a lack of funding for the Aveley Christmas tree, we wanted to help. We are a family football club, we live in Aveley, some of our supporters and volunteers live in Aveley and we are very much part of the community. We hope that all the residents of Aveley enjoy the Christmas tree and we hope everyone supports this year’s festivities, including the lighting of the tree event on Wednesday 2nd December".

Alan Field, the Forum Chair said, “We are delighted that, with the help of Tim and Thurrock Football Club, Aveley’s residents can celebrate Christmas in style. We are really grateful for the support and the demonstration that Aveley is a great and sharing community. We would also like to thank all our local press who highlighted our plight and encouraged these fantastic donations.”

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