Saturday 28 November 2020

St. Austell Town Christmas Lights

We are under a coronavirus lockdown, but are allowed out for exercise. So we thought we would have a look at the Christmas lights in St. Austell.

We started walking at Fore Street and all was deathly quiet.

The silence was almost deafening. It didn't feel quite right but, there again, why have lights ablaze if there is no one to see them.

Reminded me of that old question 'If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?'

We couldn't hear a tree falling or anything else for that matter. It felt quite creepy.

After walking the length of the Fore Street we headed for the new part of town.

All was quiet as we wandered past the  shops. There was just the echo of our footsteps.

We reached the Aylmer Square, still no people, just emptiness and Lloyds Bank. Oh, and a Christmas tree.

Turned left for more emptiness.

Another bank, guess everyone must be at home counting their money.

We turned around and went back through the shops. To think that even the pubs are empty. It feels like some dystopian future has been imposed upon us.

Back to the square and, for us, that was enough excitement for one night. We can at least boast that we have seen the St. Austell Christmas lights.

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  1. Very strange to see the deserted streets but the lights are good. I don't even know if we will have Christmas lights in Cleethorpes, we aren't going out just now.
    When this current lockdown ends next week we are going into Tier 3 so not much changing.

    1. First time I have seen the town so deserted, hardly seems worthwhile having the lights switched on.
      After the lockdown Cornwall is going into Tier 1. I don't think it will alter our lifestyle though. We will carry on as now.

  2. As often as I complain about crowds, seeing this town completely empty is eerie and very strange indeed. You must have felt like actors in some science fiction film. The lights are lovely and maybe people are comforted by merely knowing they are there for the holidays. City lightings here are virtual, and believe me, it is not very exciting to watch the TV in order to see the city Christmas lights come on. Normally there are thousands of people on the streets waiting for a celebrity to flip the switch! We continue to stay home except for walks and rides in the countryside.

    1. Thanks Ann. These are strange times, we have never had such a year when we have have been unable to have a holiday / vacation. We try to get out walking though, at quiet spots, whenever we can. Cornwall has the lowest virus numbers in England, so we are very lucky - touch wood.
      Take care.



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