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Town's knickers in a twist over 'pantastic' lights

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

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FESTIVE Christmas puds or three pairs of sparkly pants – you make the decision!

For Penzance resident Karen Wall the new Christmas lights which stretch from Causewayhead to Queens Square certainly remind her more of the latter.

She wrote to The Cornishman with the accompanying picture, right, saying: "I understand that they are supposed to be Christmas puddings in silhouette. Unfortunately, the eye is drawn to that which makes the silhouette."

Local traders however do not seem overly concerned about the idea of sets of pants hanging over their premises.

Indeed Emily Kavanaugh, from Pure Nuff Stuff which is housed in Chapel Street's historic Egyptian House, is all in favour.

"What's not to like about men's pants in Penzance?" she said. "They should be everywhere in the town."

A spokesman from Lou's Shoes, at the bottom of Causewayhead, said the design had definitely provoked plenty of remarks.

"People are always commenting on them," he said.

"I think they're OK myself; we could do with a few more of them as they are a bit isolated although it's easy to criticise and it all comes down to cost."

And Trevor Wootton, from Woots News, halfway up Causewayhead, said he wasn't bothered about the 'pants' and thought that probably the designer didn't realise that there could be two ways of looking at the display.

"Lights are lights and I think overall they look better this year in Penzance, especially in Market Jew Street."

Karen Wall has even written a poem in honour of the lights, titled 'In celebration of A Pantastic Christmas'. To read Karen's poem and her letter in full, see page 28.

What do you think – pants or puds? Let us know at www.cornishman.co.uk

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