Why Hinckley’s Christmas lights were installed early

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 14 October 2020

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS have been installed early this year in Hinckley’s town centre.

The Christmas lights turned on in town (Mason Moore for Hinckley Free Press)

Workers were spotted installing the Christmas lights across Hinckley’s high street at approximately 8.21am on Thursday 8 October, where they were turned on and shining above shopfronts, coffee shops, and cafes.

The lights were first installed in major streets in the town centre of Castle Street and The Borough.

As the Borough Council previously stressed back in mid-August, the annual Christmas light switch-on event usually held in Hinckley town centre will not go ahead this year due to ongoing coronavirus concerns.

The Christmas lights are being installed around the town centre to celebrate the festive season on Hinckley’s high street with ‘an element of normality’ during these difficult times for both town-goers and traders.

Whilst the decision to axe the light switch-on event was axed this year, the town’s Christmas tree will still be installed.

Why they were installed early

As first reported in an article exclusively for The Local Rock magazine’s Hinckley edition, a spokesperson for Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council explained why the lights were switched on earlier than usual.

They said: “The lights need to be up and turned on at least week a prior to the switch-on so that they can be tested and so that any problems can be rectified.

“This year, the lights need to be tested before 13 November.

“The Christmas tree will be installed by Sunday 6 November and the tree will then need to be decorated too.

“This year’s installation has had to be undertaken following COVID social distancing requirements.”

Select annual festivities scrapped

Due to the safety measures surrounding the coronavirus, bosses at Hinckley BID had to make the sad decision to cancel the annual Santa’s Amazing Grotto event.

Further scrapped events include The Tin Hat Fair and Fireworks display, which residents have come to love over the years.

Special Thanks: Thanks to The Local Rock for permission to run this news story on here, which was written by our Hinckley Reporter who also serves as their Junior Journalist. To read all five of their present and up to date editions virtually, visit www.localrock.co.uk/editions.

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