For the first time Selby has cut down it's christmas lights to save money. Finkle Street and Micklegate have missed out this year they have no christmas lights. James Marsey of Barclays bank said it is a shame that our street has no christmas lights. It is a strange time considering we have supposed to have come of the economic depression.
Betty Holver of Ricall spoke to us as she entered Ashtons Estate Agents on Finkle Street. She stated that it is a shock that Selby Council have decided to not to put any christmas lights up, Christmas lights obviously attract customers i'm sure that it will definitely hit some businesses. Its rather commical that it has happened during a conservative government. This never happened during the previous thirteen years of a labour government. She finally added, how much can it really cost to put a tree with some lights on in the centre of Micklegate outside the post office.
The foreground of Selby Abbey has also missed out, the trees within the grounds of the Abbey are usually filled with blue and white christmas lights. We spoke to several church goers who told us that Selby should be showcasing the town at christmas to bring more people in to the town, it is a shame that people will drive through the town and not enjoy the usual christmas lights show.
Finally we spoke to Deliahs restaurant of Micklegate, where staff told Selby Everyday that it is a shame that the council could not afford to put up the usual lights.The council knows that the town has struggled this year to bring business into the town and christmas lights give that extra boost for parents to bring their children to the town which usually improves sales for businesses. It is Deliahs first christmas in the town, even though they told us they have many christmas bookings already they feel the council could have done more to help bring in the customers this christmas.Selby Everyday has contacted Selby Council to explain its reasons behind the christmas lights downgrades however we have had no reply.