On Saturday 19th November 2016 at 4.30pm, a packed out Palmers Green Triangle saw the Christmas Tree Lights switched on; this has become an annual tradition in Palmers Green Town Centre.
Chairman Costas Georgiou was joined by fellow committee and association members alongside the Mayor of Enfield – Cllr Bernadette Lappage and local MP David Burrowes. The general public were treated to Christmas carol singing by the Hazelwood School Choir and St. John’s Church Choir. Brightly coloured balloons were handed out to children, and mince pies and coffee were handed out courtesy of the Green Lanes Business Association and Ruth Winston House respectively.
The turnout for the day was impressive with many children accompanied by their parents and grandparents and meeting with friends. There was a real festive buzz and a great community atmosphere.
The only downside was that many people commented on the obvious; where are the Christmas lights along the high street? Sadly, this year the Town Centre only received a Christmas Tree at the Triangle. Enfield Council stated that given the amount of funding going towards the Cycle Lane Scheme, there was not enough ‘money in the pot’ to fund for the Christmas lights that Palmers Green Town Centre has always had for over 20 years.
The Green Lanes Business Association would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and looks forward to another great turnout for next year’s Christmas Lights Ceremony – with hopefully a return of the traditional Christmas Lights we normally see up and down the high street.