Readers have been responding to a story following the cancellation of a beloved Christmas-time tradition.

After long discussions over the uncertainties of Covid and how it will develop during the autumn, Wigton Town Council has made the decision not to hold a large-scale event this year in the High Street at the time of the switching on of the lights.

A spokesman said: "The good news is that the Council has purchased new and improved Christmas lights for the centre of the town, to be switched on by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor on Sunday November 28 at 5.30pm

"In addition, we have funds available for community groups and estates or streets who may be organising their own event – so please get in touch with us as we may be able to help you financially.

"The Festivals Committee next meet on October18, at 6.30pm in Wigton Market Hall so do please come along. We would love to hear your suggestions and ideas

Here is what you had to say.

Adam James Brady said: "But [people] can go to festivals and nightclubs with thousands of strangers from all over but a small town can't have a switch on?

"[That] doesn't make sense."

Soleil Thompson said: "Just sounds like an excuse to be stingy.

"It's an outdoor event, no need to cancel when we've had Solfest and we're having the food festival."

David Thomson asked: "What is the right decision to keep people safe and protect the NHS again this winter and hopefully stop moving around if people do as they're told and also get the vaccine now?"