Complaint of lack of festive spirit gets the party started
A COMPLAINT letter to the Tweed Daily News has prompted Tweed Heads business owners to stage a party which could become a regular event.
About 40 business owners and workers from the heart of the Tweed gathered for a Christmas "jingle and mingle" lane party behind a local business premises on December 18.
In December, we published a letter to the editor from Fernando Lemos from Yellow Brick Road on Wharf St, Tweed Heads, bemoaning the lack of Christmas decorations and cheer in the heart of Tweed.
Mr Lemos was subsequently contacted by several local business owners who were in agreement and it led to the organisation of the party.
He says that while he does not go overboard with Christmas, he thinks it's important to add some festive spirit via decorations for residents and tourists alike.
Mr Lemos said some of the business owners affected by the Bay St roadworks were feeling "a bit flat" so the event helped cheer them up.
"It was a great networking event. Next year we'll fund some of our own Christmas decorations if council won't do it."
There was also a plan to fund other events throughout the year including at Easter, Mr Lemos said.
Peter Fenton from Oculus Group, who hosted the party, said there used to be a regular lane party in the area a decade ago which attracted up to 100 people.
Mr Fenton said everyone looked forward to it but it stopped after the organiser retired.
He said there had been great feedback about the December 18 event with many of the newer shopkeepers stating it had been an excellent opportunity to meet their neighbours.
A council spokeswoman said council crews would install decorations for free if they were provided and requested by business chambers, a system that had been in place since at least 2000.