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No Christmas lights in Exeter High Street this year

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: August 28, 2012

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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.

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  • Thebaxters  |  October 09 2012, 6:50PM

    In my opinion The 'brand' of Exeter is affluence and charm. Clearly the council do not see priority in relevant marketing. I would suggest that they need to look at the bigger picture here. I do not know a single person who has not been enticed by the 'packaging' and this matter is no different. Wrapping up Exeter in festive bows not only supports local trade but generates repeat custom and advertising. Speculate to accumulate! I have family coming from overseas this year, and I will take them to an area that is dressed properly for the season, it is what people expect and what we want to see. Allow Exeter to stand out from the crowd as it usually does, do not let it down at the most wonderful time of the year.

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  • 147ref  |  August 28 2012, 7:22PM

    dear council, why don't you raid your offshore account and pay for this. after all it is our money

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  • Stuboy13  |  August 28 2012, 1:11PM

    I seem to remember people bleating and moaning about this last year, and then, lo and behold some christmas lights appeared. My prediction is we'll be hearing a lot about this over the next few months and eventually some lights will "appear" from somewhere just in the nick of time - you heard it here first.

  • exebomb  |  August 28 2012, 10:15AM

    surely its in the shops interest to get the lights up and people in between them they should be able to afford it - also dont pricesshay put up thier own lights? at least one small part of exeter will be festive

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