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Mayor defends Halloween decision

A Warwickshire mayor has defended his decision not to go to a Halloween pumpkin competition.

Nuneaton and Bedworth's mayor, Tom Wilson, said Halloween was "the darker side of life" and he has previously mentioned his support for his church.

Mr Wilson said he did not mean to snub children but did not think it was "appropriate" to attend the event in Nuneaton on Saturday afternoon.

He added his deputy attended the event in his place.

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