With Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night still to be celebrated, volunteers in Coleford, Gloucestershire, have decorated the streets with festive figures and tinsel.
However, their efforts have not brought goodwill to all men.
Conservative councillor Denis Riley, who lives near the town centre, said: ‘I don’t like seeing Christmas decorations before Bonfire Night but unfortunately this kind of thing happens all over the place.
‘The fact that they have been put up this early suggests to me that it has nothing to do with the true meaning of Christmas and more to do with commercialism and bringing in shoppers.’
What a Scrooge. And a cynical one at that!
No, no, no. There’s a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why the decorations are out this early. There’s simply not enough time to do them all later:
The volunteers claim they were forced to begin work early because of health and safety regulations which state they can only work together on Sundays. This year’s decorations went up quicker than expected.
Volunteer Bryan Marrot said: ‘There will be plenty more decorations to go up which we will be working on until the end on November.
‘We need safety contracts and insurance to cover working on the ladders and using cherry picker cranes. Doing all the safety checks takes a lot of time so we start as early as possible to make sure we have them done in time.’
See? It’s bureaucracy that’s the reason for the (early) season!