A Kent town's Christmas display was booed by crowds when the lights were switched on. Several hundred people gathered in Herne Bay to watch the stars of the local Sleeping Beauty panto, Gareth Gates and Toyah Wilcox, turn them on.
Photo from SWNS.
One person said the decorations looked like normal light bulbs, while another
said he had more in his shop window. Greengrocer Karen Truelove described the switch-on in the town centre as
"There was nothing for people to look at... within half-an-hour the town was
like a ghost town." Local businesses and residents have now formed a group "to light up Herne Bay
next year" and to highlight the "disgusting waste" of money on lights "that are
not as good as some local houses".
Canterbury City Council said it was the same display as last year, but it would consult with local businesses. Earlier, singer and actress Toyah Wilcox
tweeted: "Herne bay light switch on was an honour and a joy. The people were
fantastic & they r what counts. I'd never b disappointed by lights :-)"