Christmas comes but once a year, but in Nanny's world that is once too many times.
You see folks, despite the fact that Christmas has been around for the last 2000 years or so, Nanny believes that it is simply too dangerous to be allowed to happen anymore; therefore she is cancelling it.
That at least is what Nanny's chums in Scarborough council have done, they have decided that the ceremonial switching-on of the Christmas lights is just too dangerous so they are cancelling it.
Why is it too dangerous?
Simple, it has been so popular in previous years that up to 10,000 people turn up.
As we all know, Nanny hates public displays of spontaneity and public gatherings. The health and safety Gestapo have decreed that any gathering of over 2,000 people, to watch the lights being turned, on is simply too risky.
Therefore instead of turning families away, or making it a ticket only event (which would seem to be a sensible idea), council officials have cancelled the event altogether.
Penny Marsden, an independent councillor and shopkeeper, said:
"This is a joyous occasion
when children come out to enjoy the start of Christmas
and we are going to rob them of it."
Council chief executive, Jim Dillon, bah humbugged the event:
"A vast amount of hard work by all parties has been carried out
in looking at ways of staging the event safely,
but we all feel the risks are far too great."
Feel free to write to the council here, and tell them what you think firstname.lastname@example.org
PS We won't be having any Christmas lights in Croydon either, as far as I know.
Our previous Labour council managed to bankrupt the largest (and once most prosperous) London Borough, so we can't afford any lights.
Pathetic isn't it?