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A Christmas lights controversy in the West Country

While most people in the South West are admiring the Christmas light displays that are popping up in our town and city centres - the residents of two towns aren't being quite so complimentary.

No, in Tiverton and Penzance the displays look like pants - according to locals.

That's not their way of saying they look bad - they literally look like pants.

Penzance Credit: Mick & Karen Warne
Tiverton Credit: Apex News and Pictures

Teresa Fogarty of Penzance Town Council said:

"We got a lot of comments the first year they went up. It was quite hilarious people saw the funny side of it and it's quite quirky which fits in with Penzance, that's the kind of town we are, nobody's been offended by them not that I've heard, and it just adds to the fun of Christmas which is supposed to be a jolly time anyway."

– Teresa Fogarty, Penzance Town Council
Even in the cold light of day the Christmas lights in Penzance bear a strong resemblance to underwear. Credit: ITV News

Do these Christmas lights in Tiverton look like pants?

Tiverton's Christmas lights have been ridiculed on social media for looking like pants Credit: Apex

Tiverton's Christmas lights have been mocked on the internet because they look like giant green pants.

The Christmas lights, which cost £15,000, have given some festive cheer to the town but some are saying they look like a washing line covered in underwear.

Posting on Facebook Janet Johns wrote: 'Ok, if they are not pants.... what are they?" while George Parker wrote on Twitter: "Looking forward to heading home for Xmas to see Tiverton's now infamous pants."

Tiverton Town Council raise funds to pay for the Christmas lights throughout the year.


The classic carol that gets us all feeling festive - pupils from Ide Primary School near Exeter perform

There is nothing quite like a carol to put you in the Christmas spirit - and pupils at Ide Primary School, near Exeter, have been rehearsing hard.

Here they are with a true Christmas classic. Silent Night has been translated into over 100 languages from the original German it was written in two centuries ago. Troops on opposing sides sung it together during the Christmas truce of 1914 - it was one they all knew.

Devon widow hires out pub to give Christmas lunch to a group of lonely strangers

Betty Williams hired out every table in the Lamb & Flag for the event Credit: ITV News

A widow from Devon has hired out an entire pub so fifty strangers in her village wouldn't have to eat Christmas dinner alone.

86 year old Betty Williams from Ottery St Mary paid for a slap up meal this lunchtime for a massive crowd of people she doesn't know who would otherwise spend the festive period by themselves.

Betty reserved every table at the Lamb and Flag pub and footed the bill for the traditional turkey dinners and bottles of wine.

The pensioner lost her husband twelve years ago and has found herself alone over the Christmas period in recent years due to a lack of close family living nearby.

This year, determined not to eat by herself and moved by Britain's food bank explosion, she contacted the mayor of Ottery St Mary Cllr Glyn Dobson, to organise a festive lunch.

Councillor Dobson decided to make a bit more of an event out of the day, and organised for the town crier and the local choir to attend.


A story that really has the baa factor

The farm in Wadebridge was expecting triplets so had quite a shock when a fourth lamb appeared Credit: ITV News

Now lambs are normally associated with Easter but one farm in Cornwall has been blessed with rather a lot of them this Christmas.

The quadruplets came as a surprise at Wendy Eustice's farm in Wadebridge - only three were spotted when the mum had a scan. They are the first foursome to have been born there in 23 years - and another ewe is also expecting quads.

It's thought it might have something to do with the mild climate.

Wendy's sons George and Samuel lend a hand looking after the brood Credit: ITV News

It certainly does seem a little bit magical. No surprise then that Wendy's sons George and Samuel have named the new arrivals after four characters from their favourite Harry Potter books: Harry, Ron, Hermione and Molly.

Here is a short clip of the foursome down on the farm. We challenge you not to say aah... or perhaps baa...

Pensioner's Christmas presents stolen from under her tree

Burglars have stolen Christmas presents from a Bridgwater pensioner's home.

19 wrapped presents were stolen from under the 81-year-old woman's tree, in what police have called "a really mean-spirited crime".

The burglary happened sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. Police are appealing for information.

The victim's presents were stolen from under her tree. Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa/STT-Lehtikuva/Press Association Images
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