Rugby's Christmas Lights Switch On cancelled this year over coronavirus fears - but other events may be planned

A spokesperson said this does not mean Christmas is cancelled, and they are looking at other events which can be safely held

Friday, 25th September 2020, 2:38 pm
Updated Friday, 25th September 2020, 2:42 pm
The event proves very popular each November. File image.

Rugby's popular Christmas Lights Switch On has had to be cancelled this year because of fears over the spread of coronavirus.

The event, usually held in November, is a staple in the build up to Christmas - with live music, fun fair rides, market stalls and an array of other activities.

It always proves popular with residents - last year's event attracted upwards of 6,000 people.

But this year Rugby Borough Council and Rugby First made a joint decision to cancel the event.

Rich Warren, operations director at Rugby First said: “We understand and share the disappointment with everyone that has enjoyed the Christmas Lights Switch On event in the past, but the public’s safety is our priority and uncertainty over Covid-19 simply prevents us from being able to hold it this year.

"Christmas certainly isn’t cancelled however, and we are looking at other ways that residents and businesses can mark the festive season.”

A spokesperson for Rugby First said they will inform the Advertiser of any alternative Christmas events that are planned.