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Villagers’ fury after health and safety killjoys rule their Christmas lights are too heavy to go up

CHRISTMAS DIMMER

VILLAGERS are incandescent with rage after their Christmas lights were ruled too heavy to go up.

Health and safety chiefs said the lampposts cannot support them — even though they have in the past.

The lights weigh around 8kg each — with anything over 4kg deemed to be “dangerous”.

Locals are now facing the prospect of a dim Christmas in the high street at Pembury, Kent.

Richard Barclay, 51, said: “The same lights were up in the high street last year and the year before and for as long as I can remember.

“The whole thing is daft, whoever heard of Christmas lights causing a lamppost to fall over?”

Parish councillor Patrick Gillan said: “It’s going to look like Scrooge made Christmas.

“It’s just mean. People will be very angry about it.”

His colleague Louise Mills added: “Unfortunately, this year our high street is going to look a little dimmer.”

Bosses at Kent County Council refused to grant a permit, saying just one of the lampposts was strong enough.

A spokesman said: “We notified them that, following independent tests ordered by the parish council, only one column would be suitable for hanging decorations.”

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