Week Two of the 2017 setup – things are really beginning to appear in the streets ready for Christmas again.
The two Davids (Wilkins and Grant) were “up top” all day, erecting the festoon cables and lamps down Church Street, the top of Sherford Street and the full length of Broad Street, whilst Dafydd Williams fed the cable up. Edgar, Roger and Sid chased around down on the ground, amongst other things replacing the worn-out sections in the Church Street cable with new material.
There was a major slow-up when it was discovered that a span cable had been brought down in Broad Street, by the looks of it by building operations, which meant replacing two anchorages and installing a new span cable, and repairing another. A lot of time was also taken up with ensuring we had the right lamp sequence in Broad Street – you will have to wait until they are turned on to see the significance of that!
We were also very grateful to the Handley family for the loan of a trailer to move the equipment around. Bryan James, to whom we owe very many thanks, has for many years provided a van from Bromyard Glass for this, but his semi-retirement, and reduced energy following recent health problems, has meant he has had to retire from the gang – and we are all very sad that that has a happened. Hence we have had to make new arrangements – which have thankfully worked very well. Also present and correct was the late John Wilkins’s 1990 Volvo, which, for the last twenty five years, has been in use towing the equipment around. It’s amazing how much the spirit of those old members of the gang who are no longer with us – John Wilkins, Bill Morris, Eric Gibbs and others – is still with us, and regularly recalled!