Saturday, 12 November 2011

Dim CWaC Council cock up Xmas lights switch on

Normally the Chester Christmas Lights Switch On is an enjoyable family occasion, but not this year. Instead of holding it in the tradition place of Town Hall Square where there is plenty of space, CWaC, in their infinite wisdom decided to hold it at the Cross.

So imagine, an open top bus adjacent to the wall of St Peter’s Church, a stage in front of that, how much room is left for people?

See some of the comments that were on Twitter:

@MarkCarline: The cross is packed out, people cant see anything, totally stupid place to switch lights on in #Chester. Town hall next year@ChesterChron

@VforChester: Whose idea was it to put the stage at the most inaccessible location ever! What was wrong with outside the town hall like in previous years.

@ChronRachel: Gave up on the Chester Christmas light switch on almost got pushed off the rows as everyone heaved to the front.

@ChesterChron: We have had loads of reaction to the #chester #christmas light switch on on our #facebook pg. Seems like the majority of u weren't impressed.

@JamesFarley: @ChesterChron @MarkCarlin: and don't even get me started on the fireworks! I had bigger bangers for my tea last night!

@ChesterChron Chester Chronicle: @JamesFarley sounds like everyone agreeing it should have been somewhere else...like @MarkCarline said the town hall would have been good.

Chester Chronicle: "HUNDREDS of people flocked to Chester last night for the traditional lights switch-on.

But from the comments we have received on our Chester Chronicle Facebook page and Twitter, many of you were disappointed with the evening.

Wrong location, no celebrity guest and no Christmas tree were the common complaints posted on our Facebook page.

Hannah Turner posted: "I was stood on the corner by Northgate and Eastgate Street. I couldn't hear a word anyone was saying. What we were meant to be doing? What song was being sung - it was so squashed! Lights didn't come on properly (in true Chester style)!" [My emphasis]

Read what spin Cheshire West and Chester Council put on the disaster here
 
Read more and view the Chester Chronicle Picture gallery here or more pictures from Cheshire West here.

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