Birmingham news Christmas lights switch-ons in Worcestershire axed or under threat MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Festivities in Worcester, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Stourport and more are all being impacted by the pandemic
Breaking News ! Christmas lights switch-ons across Worcestershire are under threat or have already been cancelled amid coronavirus fears. Some huge festive events have already been axed this year, such as Birmingham's German Market over the border and Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park to name just two. With coronavirus cases beginning to rise again across the county, and light switch ons typically involving dense crowds, some councils have decided not to proceed or are considering alternative options. Several other councils have said final decisions on whether their traditional lights switch-ons will take place over the next few weeks. Here's a look at how Christmas is shaping up in Worcestershire in 2020 and what the councils have told us about the festivities this year. Read More Related Articles The latest Government advice for holiday destinations including Greece, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, France and Italy Read More Related Articles 'We won't see our families until Christmas' - Birmingham lockdown protesters condemned by Brummies Stourport-on-Severn The Three Kings Parade and Christmas Light switch-on in Stourport-on-Severn, originally scheduled for November 20, has been cancelled. The Mayor of Stourport, councillor Ken Henderson said: “We are incredibly disappointed that we have had to take this decision but current Government rules on Covid-19 still prevent mass gatherings.” "If you’ve ever attended the light switch on, you will know that thousands of people come to support the town and keeping socially distanced will be impossible. “Although we will be foregoing the event this year, we are hoping to still display the lights in the town centre and the Villeneuve-le-Roi Gardens”. "We are already in talks about planning our 2021 event and it’s set to be the best switch on yet.
. The event, originally scheduled to take place from December 3-6, normally attracts an estimated 150,000 visitors to the city and contributes £7.3 million to the local economy. However, Worcester City Council has taken the decision to cancel the fayre this year, saying the risks of letting it go ahead were 'simply too high'. Asked about the lights switch-on event in the city, the council said a decision will be made in 'the next few weeks'.
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Bromsgrove and Redditch A spokesman for Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough Councils said it was looking likely that they would have to consider alternative options when it comes to holding the lights switch-ons this year. However, he added a formal decision had not yet been made. He said: "We consider it unlikely that we will hold lights switch-on events in the same way as previous years, and will be looking at alternative approaches." Evesham and Droitwich A spokesperson for Wychavon District Council was unable at this time to confirm whether the Christmas lights switch-on would take place this year.
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