AN ALTERNATIVE Christmas lights switch-on has been announced for High Wycombe – taking account of the current lockdown.

Melanie Williams, chief executive of High Wycombe BIDCo, revealed an unconventional event to mark the festive season, including a virtual experience and socially-distanced affair in the town centre.

The Covid-conscious illumination will be broadcast online for those who cannot or will not be present in person.

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A series of “interactive” lighting events will also be happening in other areas, she said.

Ms Williams unveiled her intentions during a High Wycombe Community Board meeting, on Wednesday, November 4.

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“Plans have been very different…in a post-Covid world,” she said. “Traditionally we’d be organising a very large Christmas lights switch-on at this stage.

“We cannot gather people in the same way, but we are offering a ‘lights experience’ which will include switching on the town centre lights on November 19.

“We are asking people not to gather in the town, there will not be a specific event, but do come and visit in a spatially aware fashion.

“There will also be a video so people can watch online.

“On November 26, we will be doing an immersive interactive lights experience in different parts of the town centre, just so we can still share as a community.”

She added a vegan market would be happening on Sunday, December 6.

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