Weather forces cancellation of 2015 Christmas lights switch-on in Lichfield

The weather has forced the cancellation of Lichfield’s Christmas lights switch on.

The Christmas lights go on in Market Square

The Christmas lights go on in Market Square

The stars of the Garrick’s Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime were among those expected to be at the event tomorrow evening (November 29).

But strong winds and heavy downpours forecast the plug has been pulled on the Market Square festivities.

Lichfield City Council’s Town Clerk, Christopher Moulton, said: “We know that families look forward to this traditional event which is one of the largest in the city’s calendar, and that this news will come as a huge disappointment to everyone that was planning to attend.

“However, public safety is of paramount importance and, since the whole event is always weather dependent, to have gone ahead with it would have been unnecessarily risky given the severe weather predictions issued by the MET Office.

“The safest decision with much regret, was to cancel.”

No decision has yet been made on whether the big switch-on will be rescheduled or not.

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  1. FiveSpiresLive

    30th November, 2015 at 1:02 am

    The weather? I don’t think so.

  2. Rob

    30th November, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Could be more sinister forces at work:
    A “winter concert” no less, and some still claim Winterval was all a myth.

  3. Sabcat

    1st December, 2015 at 11:06 am

    “Sinister forces at work” is a brilliant phrase. I feel like I’ve stumbled into an episode of Scooby Doo.

  4. Asellus aquaticus

    1st December, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I’m intrigued Rob. I can only see one of two possible explanations for your post.

    1) You actually believe that the Lichfield Christmas Lights Switch On might have been cancelled to avoid offending muslims.


    2) You don’t believe it, but just want to stir up racial tensions and prejudice anyway.

    Impressive work.

  5. Darryl

    3rd December, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Sinister forces are at work.

    But only in the comments section.

  6. Rob

    23rd December, 2015 at 9:03 pm

  7. stymaster

    23rd December, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Rob, is it warm and dry under that bridge?

  8. Nomad

    28th December, 2015 at 7:00 am

    The comment on offending others is interesting ,when the tradition of painted pigs around the city centre is suddenly changed to elephants after so many years,having raised so much for charity 17,000 one year I believe was the figure .

  9. Steve

    31st December, 2015 at 11:35 am

    The Festival only did the pigs once, so hardly a tradition. Elephants this year probably something else next, hopefully

  10. Nomad

    31st December, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Steve you are very very wrong look it up

  11. Toast of Lichfield

    31st December, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Steve is correct, the 2011 Pig Parade was the first, and only year that decorated pigs were part of the Lichfield Festival. They then resurrected the painting for Elephants this year. I imagine in a few years they’ll do another animal, and so on.

  12. Jono

    31st December, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I’d say Steve was very right! It was the 30th Lichfield Festival, Charles Hanson was the auctioneer and was in 2011 only. 2015 was elephants, Richard Winterton the auctioneer. Don’t remember any other occasion painted animals auctioned off in recent years. Google isn’t always the way to go, personal memories are sometimes more reliable…;).

  13. Nomad

    31st December, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    No one was contesting auctioned off on the 30th,anniversary the auction raised 17,000 pounds but they have appeared around Lichfield well before this .

  14. Steve

    4th January, 2016 at 10:20 am

    The pigs were only done in 2011 by the Lichfield Festival. That was the first time they’d done anything like it. I have lived in Lichfield for many years and do recall anyone other that local butchers, perhaps, displaying pigs. It was not a “tradition”, and wasn’t “suddenly changed” It imply otherwise is simply wrong.

  15. Lichfield Festival

    4th January, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Perhaps we would be best to clarify on this! It is absolutely correct that our 30 painted pig models appeared across the City in July 2011 as part of the 30th anniversary of the Festival. The project was extremely popular engaging many hundreds of local residents and raising thousands of pounds for a range of charities. Since then, the private owners of the Pigs may well have displayed their models at various events – including one brief ‘Pig Reunion’ at the 2012 Festival. The Lichfield Festival’s pig mascot “Trevor” has also featured at a number of events through the years. Due to popular demand for a repeat of the project, the 2015 Elephant Parade was launched. The elephants were chosen as a symbol of Strength and Memory, two themes which encompassed the Festival’s outreach programme for the year. Once again all models were auctioned for charity at the end of the Festival and are now under private ownership.