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6:40am 12th November 2012

Bodmin's main shopping street will not have Christmas lights this year.

Organisers say it is because they can not afford to repair equipment in time.

The bill for replacing bulbs and connections is thought to be around £3,500.

The extent of the problem was only discovered three weeks ago, meaning that Fore Street will be without its festive display.

Phil Kerridge is on the town council. He said: "With only just over three weeks to go you could still spend that £3,500 and the lights might not go up because of last minute problems. You also have to get all the red tape right for the road closures so it just wasn't a sensible use of money in the time we had available.

"It's a really hard decision but times are hard, money is tight and the town council can't do everything. £3,500 is a lot of money for a town council."

Honey Street will be still be lit, with Pirate FM's James Dundon throwing the switch and the trees will be up at the Folly and Church Square.

Chris Wilkes from the Chamber of Commerce said: "What we are doing now is trying to get out and talk to all the traders and encourage them if possible to up their game and get their windows heavily decorated and heavily lit. So, rather than overhead lights this year, we're trying to focus more on something at street level.

"We have put on some brilliant Christmas light switch on nights. It would be very, very sad if we can't do something. Kids enjoy it, they love it. Pirate FM is coming. These are good events, so it is critical. The show has to go on."

6:40am 12th November 2012

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