Festival sheds light on access?

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THE turning on of Berkhamsted’s Christmas lights was fantastic, but would be even better with more disabled parking, according to its co-ordinator.

Louise Cecil, from Community Action Dacorum, said her mission for next year will be to make Berkhamsted’s Festival of Light more accessible.

“I don’t quite know how we are going to do that, but that is my mission,” she said.

However, Ms Cecil said the rest of the event, which attracted revellers in their thousands on Sunday, could not have been better.

“In one word – fabulous. The weather was perfect,” she said.

“All I could see was heads. It was a real community spirit.”

The Mayor of Dacorum Roger Taylor – who nominated CAD as his charity for the year – turned on the lights with Mayor of Berkhamsted Julie Laws.

Charities and shops were able to hold around 50 stalls on Berkhamsted High Street, while the Lions Club’s elves took messages to Father Christmas at the Civic Centre.

Entertainment also included Rock Chorus, Berkhamsted Big Band, The Association of Berkhamsted Churches and the Samba Band.

The event was followed at 6pm by the Festival of Carols in St Peter’s Church.

Find out more about CAD, an umbrella organisation providing support to voluntary organisations and community groups, at