Delayed Christmas lights to shine in Daventry tonight

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The Christmas lights switch-on in Daventry will go ahead tonight (Friday) despite being later in the year than usual.

The annual event normally takes place in November and members of the public have been asking Daventry Town Council why the change in plan.

It has now been confirmed that the schedule had to be amended because of streetlight replacement works that been carrying on for the past few days.

The Christmas lights are powered by connecting them to the streetlights, and the necessary plugs have not yet been installed.

Mayor Wendy Randall said: “Due to this work not having a specific timescale, the town council haven’t been able to pin down an exact date. Not an ideal situation, but one that was out of our hands.”

Daventry Town Council said it had known for months the switch-on would not take place until December and accordingly had set the later date well in advance.

Northamptonshire County Council, which has been replacing the streetlights, said it had been working to an agreed schedule.

A spokeswoman said: “We have kept Daventry Town Council and town centre businesses updated to minimise disruption and the work will be completed in time for Daventry’s Christmas festivities.”

The Christmas season in Daventry will officially kick off with the Lantern Parade on today (Friday, December 4).

Free activities and entertainment for young children will be centred in Sheaf Street from 4pm, including a Santa’s Grotto, face-painting, and the chance to learn circus skills.

From 6pm, people will gather outside Daventry Library ready to count down and start up the band for the Christmas Lantern Parade leaving at 6.30pm.