10th Dec, 2016

'Pathetic' lights spark business owner's fury

Joshua Godfrey 6th Dec, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN ANGRY Pershore business owner has branded the town’s Christmas lights as ‘pathetic’ and ‘shameful’ after council chiefs apologised for the state of the festive decorations.

Paul Brixey, who has lived in Pershore for more than 26 years, launched a scathing attack on the decorations and told the Observer the lights along the High Street and around the town centre had deteriorated over a number of years.

Pershore Town Council has since apologised for the lights and blamed the lighting contractors for failing to fulfill their contract and replace the timers in the lights which has resulted in some not being switched on at all, and some that are permanently on.

It seems the festive spirit has been dampened even further with residents commenting on the precariously leaning Christmas tree at the end of Bridge Street, which tree surgeons have said can’t be straightened.

“I have been reminiscing about how every Christmas we used to drive the length of the High Street and Bridge Street to admire the lights, turnaround at the bridges and back again,” Mr Brixey said.

“I do it now, but just to laugh at how pathetic it all looks. The strands of lights weren’t even on the other night, it’s shameful really.

“Today we have got the worst we have ever seen.

Worcestershire County Council will be carrying out the work to replace the timers next week to get the town’s Christmas lights back in order again.

Town Clerk Ann Dobbins said: “The Town Council and Rotary are all extremely disappointed at the way the lights and the tree look at the moment, but please bear with us in our dealings with the lighting contractors and hopefully will soon be working, although the tree will need to remain as it is until after Christmas.

“The lights we have up are the same as last years and in fact we added two more lamp post decorations last year over and above the preceding 3 years.

“We also added lights on the lamp posts in St Andrews Gardens last year which we had never had before.

“For two years due to issues with pull tests for anchor points we actually had no lights across the street at all and it took us that amount of time ,and a great deal of money, to get up what we currently have,” she added.