Among the many things that the onging pandemic is impacting is mass social gatherings like Xmas markets and festive switch ons, and Felixstowe Town Council has decided our town is no different in that regard.
Unfortunately they have taken the decision that the popular annual Christmas lights switch on show, organised by the Felixstowe Lions Club and supported by Felixstowe Town Council, will have to be cancelled this year. The decision to cancel the event, which would usually see thousands coming from across the region to enjoy festive entertainment and browse the shops and craft market before the official switch on, unfortunately had to be made due to the coronavirus pandemic to ensure the safety of the public.
However the GOOD NEWS IS that the lights themselves will still be installed by the hard working Lions in advance of the festive season – so the Town Centre will still be lit up – and they are hoping that the lights can be switched on earlier than usual if the work is all in place.
President of the Lions Club of Felixstowe, Richard Woolnough, said: “We are sorry to announce that we cannot hold our normal switch-on of the Christmas lights this year as the safety of the crowd is paramount and it is very unlikely that Government guidelines will be so relaxed as to allow thousands to gather together by the end of November. So, our stage and entertainment scheduled for 29th November on the Triangle in Felixstowe will not take place. However, we have worked for many weeks to get the Christmas Lights ready and we have every intention of erecting the whole display. We have invited the Mayor to switch them on on behalf of the town, but the date and time will not be advertised. It is hoped it will be sooner than our normal end of November date if the weather allows us to complete installing the lights to schedule. None of us would have wanted this dreadful pandemic but this town has worked amazingly well together, and it has brought us all closer together as a great team.”
The Mayor of Felixstowe, Cllr Mark Jepson, said: “Whilst the cancellation of the switch on will not come as a surprise to anyone – given the huge crowds this brilliant festival pulls in – it is a shame that yet another of our much-loved annual events won’t be happening in 2020. However, the display itself will still bring great Christmas cheer to the town, thanks to the determined efforts of the Lions Club of Felixstowe whose members do such a great job designing, installing, maintaining and homing the lights year-after-year.”