Christmas lights switch-on to go ahead as planned

NBENBE111125d2, Belper Christmas lights switch on.
NBENBE111125d2, Belper Christmas lights switch on.

Belper residents can rest assured that the Christmas lights switch-on event will DEFINITELY be happening on a Friday – as usual – the town council has said.

A spokesperson for Belper Town Council wished to assure residents that the switch-on is happening, as planned, at 5.45pm on Friday, November 27, in the Memorial Gardens.

Confusion has reigned since Derbyshire County Council said it would only support the event on a Sunday, the spokesperson said.

They said many residents wrongly believed the event was cancelled and others incorrectly thought it was being held on a Sunday.

The spokesperson said: “We have had a lot of calls from people who are really confused about what’s happening.

“This is why it’s really important that people know the event is definitely taking place on Friday, November 27.

“We hope the county council will reconsider their current position and grant permission to close the bottom part of King Street for the event. But whether they do, or don’t, we are definitely not cancelling the event or changing it to a Sunday.

“As usual, it will be a fantastic event and everybody should come and join the celebration.”

Belper Town Council applied to close all of King Street between 4pm and 10pm on November 27 for the event.

But Derbyshire County Council has said it could not support plans because of traffic disruption.

Belper Mayor Dan Booth described the county council’s position as an ‘absolute joke’.