THE Chatteris Christmas Lights Committee would like to reassure the people of the town and surrounds that the switch-on event staged on December 3 took place without problems which would have upset or endangered the public.
The committee would like to stress that they abhor the attack on the shop manager from Petrou Brothers but would point out that this took place outside the confines of the switch-on event and after most of the fair and the public had already left the area.
The committee feel that it is unfortunate that the anti-social behaviour they encountered, as the fair was dismantling, was given associated coverage on the front page of last week’s Citizen, with the potential to give the impression that it might be unsafe to attend the Switch-On.
It is disappointing therefore that the coverage inside the paper did not receive the profile and pictorial feature of similar events in the area, which might have provided the balance necessary to confirm to the public what a great evening it was.
A large crowd of people of all ages, in many cases three generations from the same families, gathered to see Santa and young Samuel throw the switch to turn on the display.
People then enjoyed the fairground rides and entertainment, shopped at the community stalls and late nights shops, visited the Tree Festival in the Parish Church, visited the soup kitchen at the Emmanuel Church or one of the many eateries and a steady stream of children visited Santa in his Grotto.
All this took place in a safe and fun environment which is a regular feature of the event.
The committee would like to thank all those who attended and hope everyone enjoys the display this year and look forward to welcoming you all again for the Switch-On in 2012.
CHATTERIS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS COMMITTEE