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Leamington Christmas lights: ‘coming down this week’

MHLC-17-11-13 Leamington lights Nov67 

Leamington Christmas Lights Switch on Ceremony took place at the Parade in Leamington Spa on 17th November 2013 at  5.15 pm
Lights switch on by Blobbie Williams and Leamington Mayor Cllr Judith Clarke .

MHLC-17-11-13 Leamington lights Nov67 Leamington Christmas Lights Switch on Ceremony took place at the Parade in Leamington Spa on 17th November 2013 at 5.15 pm Lights switch on by Blobbie Williams and Leamington Mayor Cllr Judith Clarke .

Leamington’s Christmas lights are being taken down later than normal this week because they were put up later last year.

Readers had contacted the Courier to ask why the lights were still up and being illuminated well in to January when, traditionally, domestic Christmas decorations have been taken down.

On Facebook, Apex Recruitment said: “We were only asking ourselves if the organisers were going to take them down any time soon.

“The January blues kick in around 4.30pm when the lights come on and we realise it’s not Christmas anymore.”

And Lisa Straughton said: “What about next Christmas when everyone looks forward to the lights switch-on yet they have been up all year?”

Speaking on Tuesday Stephanie Kerr, of BID Leamington, said the lights had been put up a week later than normal due to the organisers having to wait for new lights to be delivered from France and therefore Leamington was further down the contractor’s list for them to be removed.

She said: “We’ll start seeing the lights coming down over the next few days.

“The lights switch-on was actually a week later than normal this year and people would usually see them going up from around late October.

“It was a one-off just because there were new lights but things should return to normal next Christmas.”

According to tradition, it is unlucky to leave Christmas decorations up in the home beyond the end of the festive season - marked by Twelfth Night or the night of January 5 - and that anyone who forgets to take them down must leave them in place all year to avoid misfortune.

 

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