Lighting up Templemore for The Hive Youth Zone

Wirral’s Mayor and Mayoress got to see how ‘those Christmas lights’ are lighting up the street in Oxton this week – on a visit to Templemore Road’s famous annual display. 

Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Jerry Williams and Mayoress, Irene Williams walked the landmark lights in Oxton Village – which started as a bit of competitive rivalry between two neighbours almost a decade ago, and have since grown into a local festive tradition – which this year, are raising money for The Hive Youth Zone in Birkenhead.

The Hive supports some of the most vulnerable and most at-risk children across Wirral, and is there to make sure every young person on the Wirral has somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.  

Wirral’s Mayor and Mayoress with (L-R) The Hive Youth Zone’s CEO Jayne Wilson and Philanthropy Manager Ashleigh Pennington, and Templemore Road resident Anjali Roberts

Mayor Cllr Jerry Williams said, “I’m absolutely delighted to be here – it’s just spectacular. For many years I’ve admired these lights, it just cheers everyone up at Christmas and it’s just magnificent, to say the least!” 

Templemore resident Will Roberts explained, “The displays get bigger and bigger every year. We start putting them up in October and it takes a surprisingly short time to take them down!  

“The money raised will go towards making sure local children and their families who are living in poverty get a Christmas they deserve, going towards providing Christmas food hampers and presents for families who otherwise will go without. Many are having to choose between eating or heating, never mind buying Christmas presents for their children.” 

Jayne Wilson, The Hive’s CEO, said, “We’re so grateful to everyone in Templemore Road for making The Hive Youth Zone their chosen charity this year. Every penny raised will make such a difference to the young people we work with.”   

The Christmas lights will be on display until the new year. There are QR codes around the road for visitors to donate to via JustGiving.

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