Grant refusal could leave festive stalls in the dark

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ORGANISERS of a town’s Christmas fair will have to look elsewhere for funding for its lights after council finance chiefs decided not to give money to the event.

Tring Together needs to raise thousands of pounds to pay for lighting for stalls at this year’s events.

The move follows complaints from last year’s stall holders that their pitches were too dark for people to see their products. The not-for-profit organisation applied for a £3,400 grant from the town council to pay for lights as well as gazebos and internet social network training.

In the meeting the town council finance and policy committee members refused the application after discussing that the council had already given the organisation £6,000 this year and had not budgeted for any more.

Tring Together enterprise manager Vivianne Child said: “Now we have until November 20 to cover the biggest cost in the application, which was the lighting for the festival.”