Because of uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Brixham Town Council has been forced to cancel Christmas lights switch on event ‘Lanterns, Lights & ‘Luminations’ which was scheduled for Saturday 28th November.

But Brixham’s Christmas lights will not be dimmed – they will be brighter than ever. The Town Council has added to and updated this year’s display in partnership with ‘Lighting Up Brixham’, the successful community group dedicated to enhancing the Christmas lights each year.

“The cancellation might seem like a premature decision, but it is important public money is not invested in an event that may have to be cancelled eventually because of ongoing social distancing restrictions,” said deputy town clerk, Linda McGuirk.

“Lanterns, Lights & ‘Luminations is one of the biggest Christmas lights switch on events in the South West and attracts thousands of visitors. Such a well-attended event could not be safely socially distanced and a last-minute enforced cancellation would be costly. More and better Christmas lights will be switched on, but without the crowds,” she added.

Councillor Paul Addison, chairperson of the Community Services Committee, said “Although we will not be holding a large public gathering to switch on the lights this year, we do have a plan to celebrate the festive season while maintaining social distancing restrictions”. He added: “Planning is in the early stages and further details will be released once they are finali