UPDATE: Emmerdale stars still to appear despite plug being pulled on festive events

News from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston
News from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston

Health and safety has pulled the plug on Christmas festivities in Boston – with the Market Place lights switch-on and craft market cancelled.

The borough’s Safety Advisory Group (SAG) said it expressed concerns for public safety at the crowd-pulling events after organisers missed deadlines for meeting health and safety requirements.

Now, instead of TV’s Emmerdale stars Chris Chittel and Lesley Dunlop turning on the town’s lights on Friday, they will simply come on at dusk via a timer switch.

However, the stars are still set to appear in Pescod Square.

A spokesman for the borough council said: “A combination of difficulties meant organisers faced a race against time to have all necessary arrangements in place in order that all aspects of the event could proceed in a structured and co-ordinated manner without risk to the public. The event manager, who took up the baton late in the day following the demise of the original event planners Boston BID, met with the SAG on Monday when it became apparent that time had defeated them.”

Event manager Julie Collishaw, from Boston Town Christmas Group, which took over the organising said: “We all wanted it to take place and have worked hard to make it happen but, sadly, this year, we have simply run out of time to have all necessary arrangements in place for such a large and complex event with the confidence that the public would be safe.

“We want to apologise to everyone who will be disappointed by this decision – the public, the businesses and traders, the musicians and everyone who had agreed to contribute to the event in any way. We did our best.”

The vintage fair in B&M Bargains car park and the coach car park will go ahead from tomorrow. (Wednesday).

The usual Saturday market is not affected.

See tomorrow’s paper for the full story.

Tuesday, November 26 - Christmas in Boston has been cancelled - with a number of events which were due to take place now off.

They include the official Christmas lights switch on, the Christmas Markets on Friday and Sunday and the Emmerdale Stars appearing in the market.

More to follow and in this week’s Standard.