AN URGENT appeal for the Mousehole Harbour Lights has been put out for next year.
The equipment for many years has been kept at a hall in the village, but necessary work on the building means the lights are now without a definite home throughout 2014.
Organisation committee member Ian Morris said when they are taken down at the beginning of January it is important there is somewhere safe and dry for them to go.
“At the moment they would have to left in a field,” he said, “which is not ideal.”
“We’ve used the hall for years - it was re-roofed five or six years ago to make it waterproof. But now more work has to be carried out.
“We’ve got to find an alternative location. There needs to be a suitable place for the lights.”
Mr Morris said finding a site to store the festive display items was proving difficult. He mentioned they had a number of possibilities but nothing had been formally arranged, and is concerned.
“They are very valuable - we don’t want them stored anywhere where they might be damaged. A lot of work has been put into them.”
Unfortunately Mr Morris explained the committee did not have the resources to pay for a full commercial let - but said there is some money available to pay for a rental of some kind.
Diana Burroughs, committee secretary, was also worried about the situation.
“It’s extremely important we find somewhere,” she said.
“The lights deteriorate so quickly if they are kept out of storage. Things like LEDs can be fragile. We need somewhere water-tight and secure.”
Mrs Burroughs said last week they had someone come forward but were not sure things would work out - and stressed it was essential a place is sorted before the lights are taken down in early January 2014.
Mousehole Harbour Lights will be turned on this Saturday at 7.30 - this year marks the 50th anniversary of the festive showpiece.
If you know of a suitable location, please visit www.mouseholelights.org.uk and go to the ‘contact’ page to get in touch.