Christmas lights switch-on gaffe takes internet by storm

Christmas lights
Christmas lights

A town's Christmas lights switch-on has gained attention online after it did not go quite as planned.

Video of the event, posted on social media by Bridgwater Town Council, shows two local dignitaries pushing down a large detonator-style switch ostensibly to turn on the display.

However, lights visible behind the pair – Bridgwater mayor Leigh Redman and Peter Clayton, chairman of Sedgemoor District Council – appeared to switch on before they had pushed it down.

The clip was originally posted a week ago by the council but has attracted attention over the last 24 hours after appearing on Twitter and being viewed more than 400,000 times.

One Twitter user wrote: "Who'd of thought those over sized light switch leavers didn't actually turn Christmas lights on. My childhood memories are ruined."

Another, Eugene Byrne, joked: "Everyone laughing at this and thinking it's an error of timing is mistaken.

"Since 1738, the annual switching on of the Christmas illuminations in Bridgwater has been followed a moment later by the traditional crushing-to-death of a small animal by the Mayor and Town Clerk.

Radio 1 presenter Greg James retweeted the video, saying: "THANK YOU COMEDY GODS. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU."

Those involved in the video also saw the funny side.

The council tweeted: "Absolutely glad the lights bring more happiness than we planned!"

And Cllr Redman joked on Twitter: "No longer suffering premature illumination."