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Lymington & Pennington Town Council cancels Christmas lights switch-on amid winter coronavirus concerns




CONCERNS about fresh lockdowns caused town councillors to cancel Lymington’s popular Christmas lights switch-on.

Members instead voted to turn the traditional Saturday market on 11th December into a festive-themed event.

Traders will be encouraged to mark the occasion, carol singers will take to the streets, and Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance.

Cllr Anne Corbridge, former mayor of Lymington, turning on the lights in 2019 (photo: Becky Bryant)
Cllr Anne Corbridge, former mayor of Lymington, turning on the lights in 2019 (photo: Becky Bryant)

In April the amenities committee had provisionally decided to hold the town’s Christmas lights switch-on event on 26th November, but said they would monitor the situation in light of the vaccination roll-out.

By July they said the council would likely have to cancel because of ongoing concerns around mass gatherings. That was confirmed at their latest meeting on Monday night.

A report by town clerk Louise Young noted: "Winter is already predicated to be a much higher risk period for Covid-19 along with the fear of additional lockdowns being introduced. There is also the increase in flu and pressure on the NHS.

Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance (photo: Becky Bryant)
Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance (photo: Becky Bryant)

"Therefore, it was agreed that the normal light switch on and Christmas event would be cancelled this year.

"Instead the traditional Saturday market on Saturday 11th December 2021 will be ‘Christmas themed’.

"The town council will invite traders to become involved, while also seeking carols to be played and Father Christmas to make an appearance."



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