No cross-street Christmas lights planned for St Neots

FESTIVE shoppers are being told they should not fear a repeat of last year s Christmas lights chaos in St Neots. Last November a fixing for one of the cross-street festive displays failed causing the lights to come crashing down in the High Street. Two

FESTIVE shoppers are being told they should not fear a repeat of last year's Christmas lights chaos in St Neots.

Last November a fixing for one of the cross-street festive displays failed causing the lights to come crashing down in the High Street. Two people were injured and falling masonry narrowly missed a baby in a pushchair.

Although an investigation into the reasons why the lights fell down has not yet been publicly revealed, people are being reassured about this year's display.

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive told The Hunts Post: "It is understood that similar decorations will be in place this year during the festive season. There should be no risk from festive light displays if they are installed, operated, and removed safely."

He added that the HSE's investigation into the St Neots lights incident was still ongoing "due to its technical nature, multiple duty holder involvement, and the number of witnesses interviewed".

St Neots Town Council has terminated its £100,000 contract with Millennium Quest, which supplied last year's lights, and has purchased new decorations. Arrangements are now being made for their erection through a Huntingdon-based company and no cross-street lights are being used this year.

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The switch on is taking place on Friday, November 28 at 7pm. There will be a funfair from 5.30pm, stage entertainment from 6pm and a street procession at 6.30pm.

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