Cottingham’s magical Christmas lights have been switched on in secret

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Cottingham’s magical Christmas lights have been switched on in secret

Cottingham‘s magical Christmas lights have been switched on – but only three people turned up this year.

The amazing array of multi-coloured lights, Christmas trees, bells, fireworks and crackers were finally given power on Sunday evening.

Rumours were rife in the lead up to the switch on that the lights may not be turned on at all, but all was revealed at around 5pm.

A problem with access to a electricity meter at one of the hairdressing salons meant that plans for the festive illuminations could have been scrapped altogether.

However, in the end, a small gathering of just three people stood at the cross roads of Hallgate and King Street witnessed the ‘secret’ light switch on.

The switch-ons used to attract thousands of visitors
The switch-ons used to attract thousands of visitors

The lights, which usually see thousands of visitors come to Cottingham from all over the UK, had been an amazing Christmas feature for the village during the past two decades.

However, the event was receiving “too many visitors” and crowd control and expensive road closures were becoming major issues which led to the official light switch on becoming a secret – and not an advertised event.

Watch our video of the Christmas light switch on above.

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