Lindsay Lohan leaves town in the dark over pledge to switch on Christmas lights


Mean Girls actress Lindsay Lohan is being urged to honour her Twitter pledge to switch on Kettering's Christmas lights after implying earlier this year that nobody had heard of the place.

The MP for the Northamptonshire borough, which has a population of about 81,000 and is twinned with Kettering in Ohio, has asked the US star to "please get in touch" after she initially appeared happy to to accept an invitation back in the summer.

Lindsay Lohan (Anthony Devlin/PA)
Lindsay Lohan (Anthony Devlin/PA)

It followed a series of tweets she made during the night of the EU referendum, in which she apparently signalled her support for the Remain campaign.

The town's Conservative MP Philip Hollobone then invited Lindsay "to switch on the Christmas lights... thus redeeming her political reputation and raising money for good causes" in a speech to the House of Commons on June 30.

She subsequently tweeted: "Direct message me about your offer. Would be happy to light the Christmas tree in #Kettering."

However, the MP said that since then Kettering Borough Council, which is organising the switch-on next month, has yet to hear from her.

Philip added the offer still stands and the borough would "love to hear from her", but "despite everyone's best efforts it's not been possible to track her down".

Earlier this year, Lindsay suggested to her nine million Twitter followers that she had no idea where Kettering was, tweeting: "#REMAIN Sorry but #KETTERING where are you."

Lindsay Lohan.
Lindsay Lohan (Jonathan Short/AP)

Afterwards, Philip told the Commons: "Apart from the fact that it might be the most average town in the country, everyone knows where Kettering is."

On Thursday, the MP said: "Yes, Lindsay Lohan said she would come to switch on the Christmas lights in Kettering, but despite everyone's best efforts it's not been possible to track her down to arrange the details of when, where and how.

"Kettering Borough Council organises the switch-on and would love to hear from her.

"The message from Kettering is: Lindsay - please get in touch. Your public awaits."

A spokesman for Lindsay declined to comment but added: "Stay tuned."