MALTON’S mayor, Councillor Joan Lawrence, is writing to all businesses in the town appealing for donations to the Christmas lights displays.

Malton Town Council heard that extra spending was needed this year on equipment for the displays, and a suggestion of having a three-year budget for illuminations for both Malton and Norton is to be explored.

Coun Lawrence said the lights were a big asset to Malton, attracting shoppers and boosting the economy.

The town council has agreed to contribute £4,000 towards this year’s displays.