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Confirmed: there will be no Christmas lights in Torquay this year

It's hoped the display in Union St will be back next year Credit: MGV Productions

Christmas lights will not be strung up in Torquay's Union Street this year.

Torquay Chamber of Commerce confirmed the cancellation "with regret".

A special Christmas Lights group had been asked to rescue the lights from a backdrop of major losses in 2015, but said that they could not overcome some very serious obstacles in time for this year's display.

We will continue with our efforts and intend to bring back the lights next year.

– Torquay Chamber of Commerce

"This was not just an ordinary circumstance of raising funds, there were major infrastructure issues as well, and these were at the roots cause of the problems for this year."

First Christmas light switch on revealed

It's that time of year again - Christmas is fast creeping up and it's time for the Christmas light switch on.

And this year All Saints have been announced at the headline act to turn the lights on at Cribbs Causeway.

The band will take to the stage at The Mall on November 10 to perform their biggest hits and flick the festive switch.

10,000 free tickets will be given away for the event, in exchange for a £2 suggested donation per head, with the money going to BBC Children in Need.

All Saints are switching on the Christmas lights at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway this year Credit: Matt Crossick/PA

We’re very excited to welcome All Saints to The Mall! The event has drawn some big names to Bristol in previous years with Blue, The Saturdays, JLS and Olly Murs helping to raise a total of over £70,000 for charity.

– Maria Crayton, The Mall at Cribbs Causeways

The Mall will be giving away tickets every day from mid-October. They will be available on a first come, first served basis from The Mall’s Information Desk during opening hours.


High streets across the West Country packed with shoppers for sales

Shoppers at Drake Circus Credit: ITV News

High Streets across the West Country have again been packed with shoppers today, all looking for a bargain. Many retailers have already reported figures for the Boxing Day sales yesterday were up on last year. Somer shoppers in Plymouth weren't after a bargain - just a day out.


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