Residents of a Lancashire street have made a pact to put up their Christmas lights early this year in an effort to cheer people up amid Tier 3 restrictions.
West Drive in Cleveleys will soon be adorned with festive lights and decorations as residents attempt to put a positive spin on an otherwise difficult year.
The county was plunged into Tier 3 restrictions on October 17, with pubs, bars, casinos, soft play centres and adult gaming centres forced to close their doors.
In response to the worsening situation; Lisa Ford, who lives on West Drive, recently put out a call on social media asking fellow residents to embrace the festive spirit as early as October, as well as calling at neighbours’ properties to ask them to join in.
“This year has been so different and sad for many," she said. "Lost loved ones, mental health, big changes etc due to COVID. I think we should all trim up early and brighten up the streets with Christmas lights to make it extra special."
“My kids are all grown up but the kids today had some tough challenges. Life has been very different for them. I think the Christmas festive feeling might make them feel a little warmth inside.”
A number of West Drive residents have agreed to the early switch-on, with one announcing he was going to put up his lights this weekend, and others declaring their intention to light-up in early November.
As well as inspiring West Drive residents, the rallying call on social media has also encouraged others across Cleveleys to get festive.
One resident wrote: “Love this. We will put ours up tomorrow on Northumberland Avenue. Going to bring the lot down from upstairs now LOL.”
Another replied: “Brilliant idea. I don’t live too far away from West Drive. Hopefully we can all get some good community spirit going and light up Thornton-Cleveleys.”
And some locals confessed to already having their decorations up.
“Fab idea. I put my tree up just to make us feel better and it has,” revealed one.
Another posted: “My daughter-in-law already [has hers] up at Warren Drive just for that reason.”
However, Ms Ford remains humble about the movement she has inspired, insisting she is “not doing anything out of the ordinary”.
She added: “Just trying to brighten up the atmosphere. When you drive through the lights in Blackpool you don’t feel like there’s a deadly virus going around.”