Head of Culture presented the above report, previously circulated to Members. She stated that the purpose of the report was to update Members on the planned Christmas programme for Christmas 2019 and to seek approval for the changing of date for the annual Christmas Switch On event in the City.
Councillor Mellon endorsed the recommendation within the report and stated that Sunday was a much more beneficial and suitable date for families.
Alderman Hussey enquired if any considerations had been given to those with sensitivities regarding attending this type of event on a Sunday.
In response, the Head of Culture stated as part of the consultation the general consensus was to have the event held on a Sunday evening as it would not interfere with people who attended church services. She stated that whilst she appreciated that there were those who did not wish to participate on this type of activity on a Sunday, the general consensus was supportive to the change of date. She added that this also gave families the opportunity to participate in events throughout the day within the city centre.
Alderman Ramsey stated that Sunday was known as a family day and that by holding the Switch On event on a Sunday would attract more people, particularly families to the city centre. He stated that whilst some church services were held on a Sunday evening, people attending those services had the opportunity to attend the Switch On. He described Sunday as an ‘ideal’ day for the Christmas Switch On and stated that it would encourage more families to attend.
Recommended that Members approve the proposed date change of the Switch On event to Sunday 24 November 2019.