EIGHT searchlights placed around Farnham and surrounding villages will literally bring rays of light to local residents at 5pm on Saturday, November 14, marking the beginning of local Christmas festivities.

Councillor Alan Earwaker, the town council’s lead member for events, said: “Covid may stop us inviting residents to the town centre to see an official Christmas lights switch-on this year but let us bring the lights to you.

“Wherever you live in Farnham or nearby villages, we hope you will be able to see at least one of our searchlights in the sky. Come out to your doorsteps to see them – and give your neighbours a wave too if you can.”

Farnham Town Council has arranged for the beacons of light to represent the coming together of the Farnham community during 2020 and hopes for a brighter 2021.

“Farnham’s residents have shown such spirit this year and, as a community, we have pulled together time and time again,” added Cllr Earwaker.

“The beacons of light are an opportunity for neighbours all over Farnham to step outside and share a socially distanced moment together and – as much as is possible this year – to look forward to Christmas; to enjoying our homes, our town and villages, and hopefully spending time with loved ones.”

The lights will sweep across the sky from Badshot Lea, Weybourne, Upper Hale, Rowledge, Wrecclesham, The Bourne, Farnham Castle and Central Farnham until 8.30pm.

During the shining of the beacons, the switching on of the Christmas lights in the town centre and surrounding neighbourhoods, will also take place.

Information about seasonal events and activities taking place in Farnham can be found at www.farnham.gov.uk