It’ll not be all light on the night across Mexborough as the town loses its festive sparkle with Christmas illuminations cancelled.
Hard up Doncaster Council has been forced to pull the plug on Christmas street lights in a bid to save cash over the festive season.
The town still has its lights in storage but a councillor has revealed the cost of PAT test-ing the bulbs alone will go well into four figures.
Coun Sue Phillips said: “This is the first year we have not been able to put on lights for more than 10 years.
“It is the first year we haven’t had a flexible budget from Doncaster Council for them, because of Government cuts. We just don’t have the budget any more.
“The lights are still there and all the trees which fit in the brackets above the shops and the big swag for outside Tesco.
“If it was just putting the lights in the socket it would be an easy job.
“But every single one has to be PAT tested every year and the cost of that is huge. I think it would cost between £5-7,000, just to PAT test and repair the broken ones.
“There are four parts to the swag and last year heavy snow dragged it down. It cost us £1,500 to repair that alone.”
Coun Phillips said Positive Activities Group (PAG) the organisers of the Christmas bash, will be looking for businesses and individuals to stump up the cash next year.
She said: “Hopefully if we can get businesses to sponsor them we should be able to put them up.
But unless there is some-one with £7,000 in their back pocket the lights are still off.”
As the sun set on a busy Mexborough High Street, shoppers said the lack of lights was a big turn off for the town.
Emily Harvey, 16, of Mexborough,said: ”I think they should put them up - they have always had them as far as I can remember. It makes it look nicer for the little kids.
It’s just not Christmas without the lights.”
Chloe Fletcher, 27 of Mexborough added: It makes it look like they don’t care about Mexborough. I think it’s disgusting. I bet they will be having them up in Don-caster and Bentley and Sprot-brough. It just makes the place look more deprived than it already is.” Linda Dean, 32, of Mexborough said: “I think it is a shame. They used to have a carnival and it was lovely for the kids.”
Alan Clifford, 65 of Kilnhurst said: “The town is getting money from Doncaster Council to do the market up -they could use some of that to bring some Christmas spirit into the area. You would think the shops would do something more to brighten the place up.”
Stacey Folegnani, 22, of Mexborough added: “I think they should have them. Everyone from Conisbrough, Denaby and Swinton shops here and it would certainly bright-en things up.”
Youngsters will still enjoy a day of festive fun in Mexbor-ough - despite the lack of illuminations - at the Mexborough Christmas Bash on Saturday.
The Mexborough Christ-mas Bash will be held on De-cember 7, from 2-7pm. There will be a street parade at 5pm, schoolchildren will walk along from the Post Office through
the precinct to the market, holding illuminated balloons.
In the market square there will be a nativity scene made by Mexborough primary school pupils where they will sing carols.
There will be donkey rides in the High Street, small fairground rides and Santa wil take time out out from his busy schedule to make an appearance..
Local bands will perform from 2-7pm on a stage on Hope Street and Kidz du Care will hold a dancing display at 4pm.Brad Taylor of Mega Slam
wrestling will bring an American-style wrestling bout to the stage.
Sue Phillips said: “It is go-ing to be a fun packed after-noon and we hope everyone has a great time.