Covid won’t stop iconic village Christmas lights being turned on

 

Cottingham’s Christmas lights will go up despite the restrictions surrounding coronavirus.

Volunteers were out in the village on Sunday morning (October 11) already preparing for this year’s festive season.

The spectacular Christmas lights in the East Yorkshire village attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year but this time around will be much different.

Despite the restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic the big switch on will go ahead as planned but crowds of people will not be there to witness it.

Lyle Kirby, who has been helping put up the lights since it first began in 1981, spoke to BBC Radio Humberside’s Lucy Clark this morning (October 14) on The Breakfast Show with Kofi Smiles confirming the lights will go ahead as usual.

The 81-year-old could not confirm a date for the big switch on, partly because they don’t want to draw crowds due to restrictions, but said that it is always “a relief when everything goes according to plan”.

“It’s worth all the hassle just to see their faces.

“The lights started in the first place to encourage trade into the village. But Christmas mainly is for kids and always be.”

Cottingham’s first Christmas lights were put up way back in 1981 when traders sat in a pub one night and agreed that the village is “miserable at Christmas”, according to Mr Lyle.

Things “mushroomed” from there and it has now become one of the most popular attractions during the festive period in East Yorkshire.

Last year, the lights were switched on in secret due to large crowds congregating in the village.

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