Council say a Christmas Tree will go up at Broadway this year despite presence of Harmony Hub

The Christmas Tree is expected to go in this space at Broadway in Ballymena.

THIS year’s Christmas lights switch-on in Ballymena will be at Broadway and there will be a Christmas Tree despite the presence of the new ‘Harmony Hub’.

Some members of the public had feared there would be no festive tree at Broadway as the Hub now dominates the space.

Members of the public have queried just where there is space for a Tree at Broadway but a council spokesman has told ‘Ballymena Daily’ it will be put up at the Church Street side and will be similar in size to previous years.

The spokesman said: “There will be a tree at this location”.

The lights on ‘Harmony Hub’ will also play a part.

The spokesman said: “The Hub will be programmed for an appropriate lighting display to compliment the seasonal lighting”.

The Council said the lights switch-on will be at Harmony Hub in Broadway on November 15 when Santa and his reindeer will travel around town centre streets.

There will be Clydesdale Horses, a children’s lantern parade, live music by Peach and the Raise the Roof children’s choir will also sing.

The council has confirmed string-effect lighting in the Broadway area is new.

The spokesman said the string-effect lights will be at the top of the main four streets around Broadway and in some other pedestrian areas.

The Council was asked how much they spent on the new lights, and response, the spokesman said: “Council undertook a tender process last year for new lighting in each of the three main towns in the Borough.

“Central government funding was also secured for the lighting, along with BID (Business Improvement District) funding from Ballymena. A supplier was secured and appointed to deliver the tender.”

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