17 Nov 2017
The festive season is officially upon us and last night residents from Aylesbury and surrounding areas were treated to the annual switch-on of the Christmas lights. More than 9,000 local people were treated to a fabulous evening of lights, music and superb entertainment, culminating in a spectacular firework display.
Unfortunately, the festivities came to an end sooner than planned because of a warning from the Thames Valley Police (TVP) of a possible bomb threat. Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) took advice from TVP and based on the information available at the time, AVDC decided it had no alternative other than to end the event early.
AVDC is very grateful to our co-hosts Mix96, the traders and fairground operatives for taking prompt action when requested by the event organisers, to the event stewards for helping clear the area, and to the public for the calm way they dispersed.
TVP Officers have investigated the circumstances and have subsequently established there was no credible threat. AVDC apologises to those people disappointed by the early ending but reiterate that public safety must always be its first priority.