The civic calendar may not have even reached Remembrance Sunday yet – but today nevertheless, Penarth is already getting its festive decorations up for Christmas.
By accident or design, Christmas in Penarth now appears to occupy a 4-month stretch of the diary from today (October 23rd 2016) to some time in February – whenever a team can be got together to remove the last vestiges of the roundabout Christmas trees (there’ll be three of them this time).
The new earlier-than-ever Christmas period seems not to be due to some council edict – or (perish the thought) what the public or retailers want – but is largely scheduled to suit the timetable of the installation contractors.
At least now Penarth will now have plenty of time to get used to the new Christmas lights – they be up for many weeks to come.
This year’s Christmas lights are “warm white” replacing the gloomy blue lights installed over the last three years which drew several complaints from local residents – not only because of their cold and unwelcoming ambience – but because the several strings of them could never be made to work.
The official Penarth Christmas Lights Switch On Ceremony is also extra-early this year and is scheduled for the end of November.