Leigh-on-Sea Town Council were saddened earlier in the year when they realised that COVID restrictions would mean that the 2020 Christmas events would need to be cancelled, including Leigh Lights, Carols on Strand Wharf and the Christmas Farmers’ Market and Winter Craft Fayre at Leigh Community Centre.
A plan was set in motion to ensure the Council could still bring some festive cheer to the town this December with the installation of a Christmas lighting display in Leigh Library Gardens, complete with reindeer, Santa’s sleigh and a post box for letters to Father Christmas. Friends of Leigh Library Gardens and Create 98 have also got involved adding festive touches and displays to the rest of the park.
Countless families have enjoyed visiting the gardens over the three-week period, which has given young children the chance to still have a “normal” Christmas. Elves at the Town Council offices have replied to and delivered over 250 letters to children in the local area.
Some excellent feedback has been received from local parents via social media, with one saying, “My girls loved visiting the gardens and enjoyed the beautiful lights. They also received Santa’s reply which was personalised and must have taken you so much effort we thank you from the bottom of our hearts” with another adding, “The letters were very well received by my 2 girls. My youngest has her letter under her pillow and is still a firm believer at 9! Thank you”
The staff and councillors of Leigh-on-Sea Town Council would like to wish all their residents a very Merry Christmas.