Readers slam council decision to scrap annual celebrity appearance in Mablethorpe

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READERS have slammed the decision not to have a celebrity switching on this year’s summer lights in Mablethorpe.

Many have taken to the Louth Leader Facebook page to join the debate after it was announced this year would see a double celebration for the Queen’s Jubilee and the switch-on day, minus the celebrity visit.

The organising group of East Lindsey District Council, Mablethorpe Area Partnership and Mablethorpe Town Council, have defended their decision, saying this year’s switch-on event which includes the Oz Fire Show is better value for money than the celebrity appearance ‘of 15 minutes’.

Last year around 7,000 people turned out to see TV dance duo Twist and Pulse flick the switch.

Beryl Clark said: “I think that Mablethorpe needs a celebrity to switch on the lights, it brings much-needed people into the town and therefore good for businesses to help boost their sales, it will be a terrible shame if it is stopped and shouldn’t happen.”

Steffy Moon said: “I think it’s disgusting that we have no celebrity this year. Let’s face it we don’t have A-listers! So they wont cost a fortune.”

Samantha Ramsden added: “I have been to every switch-on for the past 15 years and every one of the celebs did more than 15 minutes.”

However, Brian Wesley said people should embrace the change.

“Who knows, this year’s lights switch on may be the best ever, if it’s not then there’s always next year,” he mused.

An ELDC spokesman said: “Last year was successful in attracting people but we think we can do better.

“The new approach provides better value for money to the taxpayers of East Lindsey and will give the town’s economy two boosts rather than one.”

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