THERE is a sense, with Christmas rapidly approaching, that things on the Covid front are settling.

While not wanting to appear complacent, events for the forthcoming festivities are being planned with less ‘looking over the shoulder’ and more optimism than there has been for a long time.

This coming weekend is the town’s Christmas launch. The Santa Fun Run is going ahead as normal. Last year’s was a ‘virtual’ run with people clocking up the kilometres on their own.

This year, though, there is a definite buzz. When the fun run finishes the high street will come alive with fun and entertainment, music and singing to get the festivities off to a good start.

For many last Christmas was a damp squib. Regulations were relaxed somewhat, but things that youngsters could enjoy like parties and pantos were off the cards.

This year the town is determined to bring fun and cheer to everyone and the stops have been pulled out to make sure all ages enjoys themselves.

Highlight of the day will be the switching on of the lights which this year is in the control of youngster Luke Mortimer. He will be riding into town on the Thwaites dray, doubtless to rapturous applause as he and his dad throw the switch to set the streets glowing with light.

All we ask for is fine weather, but sadly that is in the hands of the weather gods.