NOTICE anything odd about the picture
above which was taken in Beam Street, Nantwich, on October 16, 2008?
sunshine - both unusual these days, when the weather has gone mad,
in that its late even for an Indian Summer. But take a closer look above
street level. Yes, those are Christmas decorations.
True, they are not lit (I
don't think they're the lighting type) but the powers-that-be have
beaten even the keenest of the domestic Christmas lovers who like to
be the first to have the Christmas tree in place by erecting it on December 1.
The view along Church Lane
early in November.
Not that Nantwich is alone.
The town of Coleford in Gloucestershire hit the headlines when they
had even more obvious Christmas decorations up even earlier - Father
Christmas, trees, tinsel, the lot.
Their excuse? They were put
up by volunteers and "it takes so long to put up the decorations we
have to start early". Also, they can only work on Sundays. And for
health and safety reasons - all those checks that have to be
It is already the case that
decorations (such as the snowflake, left) stay up all year round -
for cost reasons? Maybe this new lot will not be taken down after
Twelfth Night. The metalwork by which Christmas trees are attached
to shop fronts have also become a permanent fixture.
I do know that it is the
Lights Switch-on Evening on The Square on
Saturday 22nd November,
from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, but surely it doesn't take five weeks to put
up the town's decorations?
The Christmas tree goes up in The Square on November 18, ahead of
the switch-on of the lights on the 22nd.