I felt that the decision to cancel the Christmas Lights Switch On seemed a bit premature, (Ely Standard, May 6) particularly as we had not even heard the PM's plans for the easing of lockdown at that point. Whilst I realise that these public events take a long time to organise, it was a depressing story to read when it was only early May. Infact, when I tactlessly told someone who lives on her own, she almost burst into tears. However, I am hoping it is not as bad as it seems. Even if the switch-on looks too risky (all those people pushing together) could the Christmas Lights just be on anyway?
Infact I would suggest that they are up for a bit longer this year. The shop keepers are going to need all the help they can get in the coming months and the High Street needs to become an exciting destination (while obeying all the rules). The public are also going to need some enticement as we all scurry about in the darkness and the cheery lights of Christmas will be just what we need - maybe from November to February.