A POPULAR light switch on event will not take place this year due to health and safety concerns.

The 2020 Taunton Christmas Light Switch On has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Winterfest events and attractions have also been postponed.

Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT) believes that an event in the town centre would be a risk to traders and the public.

Councillor Marcus Kravis, executive member for economic development, said: “Winterfest and the switch on event itself attracts a significant number of people to the county town and it will be impossible to maintain social distancing.

“It is disappointing that these events along with hundreds up and down the country have been postponed but our priority will always be the safety of our businesses, residents and visitors to the town.”

The council have said the town will still look festive and the Christmas tree (donated by Langford Lakes) will still take pride of place throughout the town centre.

There will be no formal switch on, but the lights will be turned on from November 22.

A number of smaller festive markets will take place in November and December, including the usual festive market in Fore Street.

If anyone has any questions about events in Taunton, they are encouraged to contact Taunton Visitor Centre.