SINCE the news broke earlier today that The Breeze saved Torquay Christmas light by sponsoring them, there's been a mixed reaction from our readers on Facebook.
The news that the lights were saved was greeted with excitement. But other readers are worried about the lack of decent shops in Torquay.
Work will start on November 9 putting up the new supporting wires and lights for the town centre after one business stepped forward with a massive festive boost for the town.
And extra lights are being shipped in from France to make sure the town centre from the Town Hall to lower Torwood Street glow in the dark.
It is hoped they will all be in place for the Torquay Christmas Carnival event with its floats and fancy dress on Saturday November 19.
Torquay Chamber of Commerce chairman Susie Colley has confirmed that The Breeze radio is paying for the lights this year.
There's been a mixed bag of comments from readers on social media, with most being relieved that the lights have been saved.
Jennie Jeffreys wrote on Facebook: "Thank you Breeze, my grandchildren are going to be so excited!! Town getting a warm feeling again."
Krystina Bonnici wrote on Facebook: "Amazing news for everyone, especially the children in the bay! Thank you to Breeze and well done to all the traders who made pledges."
Maggie Sorton wrote on Facebook: "That's wonderful news, thank you so very much."
Marie Tanton wrote on Facebook: "Brilliant news for the town. Well done to the Breeze for coming up with double what the town centre traders could raise between them. Hopefully plans are already in place to make sure this situation doesn't happen again next year."
Iona Jarvis wrote on Facebook: "Glad to see we will be getting our lights after all."
Anthea Hopkins wrote on Facebook: "I think it'd be lovely for the sponsor to be the one to turn on the Christmas lights. It would give people a chance to show their appreciation towards his massive contribution."
William Stephens wrote on Facebook: "Well done to the sponsor and the traders. Hats off to you all."
Carol Haggerty wrote on Facebook: "Brilliant, now let's all support local traders this Christmas."
David John Ring wrote on Facebook: "Well done to all that have turned this around."
However, some readers were more sceptical about Torquay not having enough good shops to bring in the crowds.
Sandra Wills wrote on Facebook: "Any chance of getting any decent shops in Torquay as well?! Not charity or coffee shops though! Still won't go there because of this and parking fees are ridiculous!"
Sarah Mayo wrote on Facebook: "Whats the point. How many people buy Christmas presents on the high street? Most people go to Exeter or Plymouth or buy online. If people supported the shops in the town centre there wouldn't be so many going out of business and making empty units. Hopefully people will at least try to support the traders this year."
Denise Harris wrote on Facebook: "Torquay has died! No quality shops left, parking charges need to be reviewed, the whole area looks neglected!"
Gary Poston wrote on Facebook: "I don't see the point. Unless you are shopping for a mobile phone, or going into the 99p shop or one of those horrendous shops. As for late night shopping, that is soon old hat now."
Since the shock news reverberated around the town, other local businesses have pledged some £17,000 towards a last minute replacement scheme proposed by the man who has put up Torquay's Christmas lights for 30 years, Torbay Display's Steve Holdup.
He said he would not take up those pledges now that the Chamber has found a single sponsor.
A spokesman for The Breeze, said: "After consultations with the Chamber of Commerce, The Breeze South Devon has stepped in and will fund the cost of the lights in its entirety."
Nick Jackson The Breeze South Devon breakfast show presenter, said: "I, like everyone else here in Torquay, was absolutely gutted to learn that there would be no Christmas lights this year. "
Mrs Colley said she was 'over the moon' with the sponsorship.
Work would start on November 9 putting the lighting system up.
She said Gala Lights have been asked to pull out the stops to get extra lights brought in from France so there would not only be sparkling icicles but also light features across the streets.