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Lights switch-on axed over safety
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Nearly 10,000 people attended the switch on last year
A Christmas lights switch-on has been cancelled on health and safety grounds because it is too popular.

Council bosses in Scarborough said the event had become "a victim of its own success" and is being cancelled due to safety fears.

An authority spokesman said serious concerns were raised last year about safety due to the vast crowds.

Plans to manage numbers or move to a bigger area in the town centre could not be agreed before the event.

Scarborough Council Chief Executive Jim Dillon, said: "I am hugely disappointed that we have had to reach this decision, but I would like to stress that it has not been taken lightly.

"A vast amount of hard work by all parties has been carried out in looking at ways of staging this event safely, but we all feel the risks are still far too great.

"Our number one priority is to ensure the health and safety of the public at all times and if we allowed the event to go ahead we would be neglecting our duty of care to the people of the Scarborough Borough."

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