Christmas lights go on in Kentish Town
Electrician gets switch-on duties
Tuesday, 7th December 2021 — By Dan Carrier
Daniel Greene and Liam Lightman
THE trumpets sounded out loud and clear across Kentish Town on Saturday as the area’s Christmas lights were flicked on, heralding the start of the festive period.
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Students from the Young Music Makers college took over Islip Street and Kentish Town Road to persuade shoppers to linger, while businesses offered free food and drink.
Organised by pressure group Kentish Town Road Action (KTRA), lampposts were given a twinkling seasonal twist with funding from Camden Council. A three-year grant covered the £15,000 cost of installing and maintaining – and this December is the last tranche of the money available.
KTRA founder Caroline Hill is now looking for ways to pay for the lights for next year.
She said: “The lights are an important way of supporting our high street. Kentish Town Road is really loved by those who live here. There have been closures during the pandemic, but thankfully fewer than some other high streets. It has a good mix of independent businesses and bigger supermarkets, but it needs on going help and support.”
The group hopes to secure another three-year grant and extend the lights further south along the stretch for December 2022.
While Kentish Town has more than its fair share of famous faces that call NW5 home, and might be persuaded to do the honour of turning on the lights, the switch flicking fell to an electrician, Scott Cozens.
Ms Hill said: “It seems fair enough – testing them must have been a job. It’s a nightmare just getting fairy lights on your tree at home. He’s been at it for hours.”