A house in Marlow Bottom has confirmed that their award-winning Christmas lights show will not go ahead this year.

The Shepherd family, who won Britain’s best Christmas lights display award last year, revealed the news through their Facebook page on the evening of Sunday, September 20.

The lights on their Marlow Bottom house tend to attract small gatherings to the village over the festive period, but due to the uncertainty of what the winter months could bring due to coronavirus, the family has decided to be safe and not put on their annual show.

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In a statement, the Shepherd family said: “We are saddened to announce that due to the current Covid-19 situation, we don’t feel we can put on our usual Christmas light show this year.

“The display takes a great deal of preparation and if we were running our normal show, we would be starting to put lights up in the next few weeks.

“We have no idea what the rules will be by December, but it would be very difficult for visitors to adhere to the current rules and we would not want to be responsible for anyone catching Covid-19 whilst visiting our display.

“We will therefore not be doing any music, charity collection or synchronisation of the lights this year.

“We do recognise that children like to see Christmas lights so therefore to reflect the nation's support for the NHS and to bring a little Christmas cheer in these difficult times, we will be putting up a few static lights which can be viewed from the safety of a car.

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“We appreciate your understanding and wish you all well.”

People took to social media to express their sadness about the Christmas lights display not taking place this year, but many agreed with the decision.

So far, 41,777 people have died with Covid-19 in the United Kingdom.