EXETER'S High Street will be without Christmas lights after the cash-strapped city council's plea for stores to fund the display was rejected.
It is believed this year would be the first time in decades that the High Street is unlit in the run-up to Christmas.
Earlier in the summer the council wrote to every High Street retailer asking for a contribution towards the cost of the lights.
But the response was so poor the authority believes it is now extremely unlikely that the display will go ahead this year. In the city centre, lights will be confined to Princesshay and the Guildhall Shopping Centre. A joint switch-on ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 22. City council leader Pete Edwards hopes the lights would return in future years.