NEW Christmas lights are hoped to transform a town centre into a "festive wonderland".

Crawley Borough Council has announced that there will be new lights to celebrate this year.

The main section of the new lights will say "Crawley" in bright colours above the Poundland in Queen's Square.

The bespoke display is being provided by Gala Lights who have a contract for the next three years.

The council has selected Gala Lights as the preferred bidder to provide bespoke lights.

Project manager Paul Compton said: "Gala Lights is delighted to have the opportunity to light up Crawley this Christmas.

"Our aim is to deliver a stunning light display, which we hope will be enjoyed by all visitors to Crawley this Christmas."

Gala Lights was selected for its innovative and creative design, which uses programmable "twinkly" colour-changing technology with 3D capabilities that enable changes to be made during each year of the contract.

Christmas lights can also be re-used in the town throughout the year.

Gala Lights designs, manufactures and installs Christmas lights for towns and cities throughout the UK.

It aims to be a carbon-neutral company by 2025 and uses LED lights that deliver up to 70 per cent energy saving compared to traditional bulbs.

Wendy Bell, from Crawley Town Centre Business Improvement District, said: "It has been a tough time for the town, so we hope that the lights will bring magic and joy to the town.

"We are grateful to Gala Lights for listening to our vision and providing their expertise on what can be achieved, and to Crawley Borough Council for allowing us to be involved and for providing the correct framework for making this happen.

"We are looking forward to seeing the town transformed into a festive wonderland."

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