PENRYN'S Christmas lights switch-on will go-ahead as planned but in a different format than previous year's because of Covid, it has been announced.

Because of the close proximity of volunteers working together sorting lights then installing them, and the majority of volunteers having to self-isolate due to age and vulnerability the usual display will be not rolled out until next year.

However, Coun Mark Snowdon along with the volunteers who could help this year have worked on a reduced but still amazing display. Although the number of decorated Christmas trees has been reduced this year there will still be a good number of trees to set the scene for the festive season.

The Mayor of Penryn, Coun Chaz Wenmoth, who has just celebrated his 80th birthday, will perform this year's virtual switch-on as a special post-birthday treat. It will take place on the usual night of Saturday, November 28.

Cornwall Council councillor Mary said there is no Christmas Concert this year with it all on hold until next year.

She said: "Due to most of the shops in Penryn as yet not being able to open, we are delaying our Shop Window Competition until December 18, when the mayor along with the Mayoress Tracey Heart will judge the competition, the theme will be Celebrate Christmas. A bottle of bubbly will be awarded along with a certificate of appreciation.

"The chairman of the Christmas Lights committee would like to thank the residents for their continued support, with the promise of an all singing and dancing Christmas Light Display next year.

"If you do live in the town, especially on the High Street, please support the town by decorating a tree or a window

"Finally if and when our shop's do open please come into the town soak up the Christmas cheer, support our local business's i am sure they will have something special just for you this year."