Thieves have struck the “Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park.”
$7,000 worth of extension cords were taken, likely because they contain copper.
However, a fireplace company has replaced them and the annual light display, set-up by firefighters, will start on schedule.
“…the train will open on time on November 26th and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever with three million lights so I would really encourage everybody to come down and enjoy it this year and support the firefighters and give them a show of encouragement.”
That from Sarah Kirby-Yung, Vancouver Park Board’s Vice-Chair…
“It’s disheartening, but I think you always see the silver lining, and the great side of people who are willing to step up and help out – whether it’s local companies or the firefighters themselves just in putting the lights up over three weeks and the 800 firefighters to put that display together.”
All gate donations and a portion of train ticket sales go to the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.
At least $1.5 million has been raised since 1998.
More than 800 firefighters volunteer more than eight thousand hours to set up, operate and tear down the annual light display.