Christmas? Bah Humbug, say King’s Lynn partygoers

Bah Humbug event at St Augustine's Centre King's Lynn. Organised by Les Thurlow Pictured centre front.
Bah Humbug event at St Augustine's Centre King's Lynn. Organised by Les Thurlow Pictured centre front.

If you’ve been looking for a way to get into the Christmas spirit, then these people may not be best placed to help you.

But organisers of the fourth annual Bah Humbug event held in North Lynn on Friday afternoon maintain it’s not the festive season itself that gets on their nerves.

Les Thurlow, secretary of the North End and North Lynn Partnership which hosted the event, said: “We love Christmas. We just don’t like the run-up to it.”

Billed as a celebration of not celebrating Christmas, organisers promised the sounds of summer – which was perhaps appropriate given the unseasonably mild weather of recent days – during the event at the St Augustine’s Centre.

Guests were joined by local musician Jon Preston, who performed during the afternoon.

But there was a serious message, too, and members of the Trading Standards England Illegal Lending Team were on hand to offer advice on money issues.

The two groups are working together on a campaign against loan sharks, which will include a week of activities in the spring.

And Mr Thurlow believes the commercialism that surrounds Christmas makes the situation faced by many people even harder, raising the risk of them turning to loan sharks or payday loan companies.

He said: “Christmas stuff is going in the shops in July. Music is playing in August. It’s forcing people to spend money they haven’t got.

“It’s getting worse year after year. People are putting themselves into real difficulty because the kids must have this or that. It’s just peer pressure.

“All the shops are starting to open on Boxing Day and the family time we used to have is being destroyed by commercialism.”