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Outrage as St Ives’ Christmas light switch on is branded ‘disrespectful’

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The lights aim to bring festive cheer – but some think it is in bad taste

A Cornish town’s decision to turn on its Christmas lights early tonight has sparked outrage with people claiming it is “disrespectful”.

The well-meaning decision was made by organisers and given the go ahead by the St Ives Business Improvement District (BID). The aim was to bring a bit of festive cheer in such a difficult time – but a vast majority of people commenting on the news seem to think the idea is in bad taste.

On one side are those who believe it’s disrespectful toward veterans to put up any form of Christmas decoration while poppies are being sold – and before Remembrance Sunday.

On the other side are those who believe celebrating Christmas and honouring veterans are not mutually exclusive and we should be doing more to lift people’s spirits.

Paje Susini was the first to point out the controversy, saying: “Too early! And I hope they’re turned off on 11/11 and Remembrance Sunday as a mark of respect.”

Michael Hookway agreed saying he found it disrespectful to those who never had the chance to come home to celebrate Christmas.

He said: “I always think it is disrespectful to put up or turn on Christmas decorations before Remembrance Sunday, as some never came home to celebrate Christmas, but that is just me.”

anet Amsden agreed: “ I feel the same let’s show some respect to those who lost their lives then we can celebrate.”

Veronica Hearn added: “It should be December 1st, at the beginning of Advent. Poppy Day should be the focus at the moment.”

Margaret Askew was all for early celebrations but agreed that they should go up after Remembrance Sunday. She said: “I’m putting mine up after remembrance Sunday, and I don’t give a t**s what people think.

“I love a good Christmas tree fully decorated. It has a cheery glow about it. And God knows we need something to make us feel cheerful.”

Alice Gray said she understood people’s concerns but that due to “circumstances” she believes it is a lovely idea for the kids this year. “I think just for one year this will be okay and I think anyone who fought in the war would be happy about it if it made our children happy,” she said.

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Source: CornwallLive

Original publication 28 October, 2020

Posted on NatCorn 29th October 2020

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