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Do they know it’s (not) Christmas?

Finsbury Park neighbours keep festive street lights up to lift spirits during lockdown

15 January, 2021 — By Calum Fraser

In their element: Hora Den Dulk and Dave Cherie in Corbyn Street

NEIGHBOURS have decided not to take their Christmas street lights down until March in an effort to keep spirits up during the lockdown.

Residents in Corbyn Street, which is not named after the Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn, raised more than £1,500 to link up 700 metres of LED lights on each side of the road.

Hora Den Dulk, who has lived in the Finsbury Park street for 14 years, and Dave Cherie, who has been a resident there for 40 years, led the campaign to get the lights put up.

Mr Dulk said: “Usually lights are taken down on the Twelfth Night, which would have been the 6th, but I thought we could keep these up until the spring equinox on March 20. Maybe we will have got somewhere with the old vaccination by then.”

He added: “There are some older people living here who have had a really rough year and I know one woman who said she comes down here for a walk most days to cheer herself up.”

The lights are made up of scores of 10-metre strips each costing £25.

The duo sent out information to each house along the street proposing the idea before Christmas and they detailed the length and type of light that should be bought if a household wanted to join in.

Mr Cherie added: “It’s been a great success. I’ve seen loads of people come along and they stop to take pictures of the lights. It’s a small thing, because they’re LEDs they cost pennies to run, but it brings a bit of happiness to people’s lives.”

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