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Festive lights cost increase

PUBLISHED: 10:35 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:09 05 July 2010

Health and safety fears are behind an increase in the cost of putting up this year's Christmas lights in Southwold, organisers have said.

The festive season may be eight months away but the organising committee has defended the rising costs, saying that extra test procedures have added about £1,500 to the expected £23,000 bill.

Health and safety fears are behind an increase in the cost of putting up this year's Christmas lights in Southwold, organisers have said.

The festive season may be eight months away but the organising committee has defended the rising costs, saying that extra test procedures have added about £1,500 to the expected £23,000 bill.

Fundraising events will be held to raise the cash and in a statement on the Christmas lights website, committee chairman Sue Allen said the most asked question about the lights was why they cost so much.

“A lot of the blame goes to health and safety in the way that the electricians have to work these days,” said Mrs Allen. “Last Christmas we began replacing old lights with new green, eco-friendly, weatherproof, unbreakable and long-lasting strings. The electricians say this is just the start and that others definitely need renewing this year as they are beyond their sell-by dates. However, in the long-term this will save money.”

To make a donation go to www.christmasinsouthwold.co.uk

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