Passers-by stunned to see Christmas illuminations lit above major city junction

Mystery of Bradford's festive lights in February

The Christmas lights still blazing above the roundabout at Jacob’s Well in Bradford

The Christmas lights still blazing above the roundabout at Jacob’s Well in Bradford

First published in News

Was Bradford in for a spell of ill-fortune? Or was the Council simply running late?

Because people couldn’t believe their eyes this week on seeing a brightly coloured ‘Happy Christmas’ illumination strung across one of the main roads through the city centre – just yards from City Hall.

Drinkers in the nearby Jacob’s Well pub were highly amused. Drivers risked a second look. Others feared the ancient portent that leaving festive decorations up after January 5 will bring bad luck.

MP George Galloway also noticed the faux pas. The Bradford West Respect MP said: “These lights are a metaphor for the sheer incompetence of the Council. And they are the only bright spot in the area of City Hall.”

Being the first week in February, the decorations have been a good month late in being taken down – something which usually happens around the Twelfth Night of January 5. Other festive decorations had already been removed, leaving the illuminations around the Jacob’s Well roundabout as a shining example of the spirit of Christmas past.

Jacob’s Well landlady Christina Wagstaff said: “People were highly amused when they realised the lights were still on. Lots of customers were at the pub windows looking at the illuminations. It created a talking point.”

Mr Galloway said: “These lights need to be taken down. Definitely. Either that or the Council is leaving them in place until next Christmas.

“I will be keeping an eye on this situation. When I am next in the city I expect to see those lights switched off at the very least.”

After being contacted by the T&A, Bradford Council shed some light on the situation.

And so as not to keep residents in the dark, Katy Green, Bradford Festival lights manager, said: “All the Christmas lights were switched off in Bradford city centre on January 6 and they have all now been taken down. The Christmas light on Jacob’s Well roundabout had unfortunately come on for a few hours due to a fault on the time clock.”

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7:42am Thu 6 Feb 14

tinytoonster says...

typical council lies, on for a few hours?
they were on when i passed.
more than one day!
typical council lies, on for a few hours? they were on when i passed. more than one day! tinytoonster
  • Score: 11

7:50am Thu 6 Feb 14

mad matt says...

Since when have Bradford Council known what day it is?
Since when have Bradford Council known what day it is? mad matt
  • Score: 20

7:57am Thu 6 Feb 14

bd7 helper says...

Wasting money
Wasting money bd7 helper
  • Score: 11

8:11am Thu 6 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

"When I am next in the city I expect to see those lights switched off at the very least.”
No rush then to take them down! ;-)
"When I am next in the city I expect to see those lights switched off at the very least.” No rush then to take them down! ;-) MarkPullen
  • Score: 11

8:24am Thu 6 Feb 14

Avro says...

"These lights are a metaphor for the sheer incompetence of the Council. And they are the only bright spot in the area of City Hall."

Go for it GG!
"These lights are a metaphor for the sheer incompetence of the Council. And they are the only bright spot in the area of City Hall." Go for it GG! Avro
  • Score: 15

10:09am Thu 6 Feb 14

Banni2 says...

It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.
It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life. Banni2
  • Score: -9

10:12am Thu 6 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

Banni2 wrote:
It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.
Yes - commenting on this story is a total waste of time and energy....don't you agree?
[quote][p][bold]Banni2[/bold] wrote: It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.[/p][/quote]Yes - commenting on this story is a total waste of time and energy....don't you agree? MarkPullen
  • Score: 19

10:15am Thu 6 Feb 14

Joedavid says...

MarkPullen wrote:
Banni2 wrote: It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.
Yes - commenting on this story is a total waste of time and energy....don't you agree?
Have we now got the pan calling kettle black here?
[quote][p][bold]MarkPullen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Banni2[/bold] wrote: It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.[/p][/quote]Yes - commenting on this story is a total waste of time and energy....don't you agree?[/p][/quote]Have we now got the pan calling kettle black here? Joedavid
  • Score: 1

10:21am Thu 6 Feb 14

Banni2 says...

Joedavid wrote:
MarkPullen wrote:
Banni2 wrote: It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.
Yes - commenting on this story is a total waste of time and energy....don't you agree?
Have we now got the pan calling kettle black here?
You are quite right, this is a total waste of time so get a life!
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MarkPullen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Banni2[/bold] wrote: It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.[/p][/quote]Yes - commenting on this story is a total waste of time and energy....don't you agree?[/p][/quote]Have we now got the pan calling kettle black here?[/p][/quote]You are quite right, this is a total waste of time so get a life! Banni2
  • Score: -6

10:25am Thu 6 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

Joedavid wrote:
MarkPullen wrote:
Banni2 wrote: It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.
Yes - commenting on this story is a total waste of time and energy....don't you agree?
Have we now got the pan calling kettle black here?
I'm not sure - what does everybody else think? ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MarkPullen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Banni2[/bold] wrote: It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.[/p][/quote]Yes - commenting on this story is a total waste of time and energy....don't you agree?[/p][/quote]Have we now got the pan calling kettle black here?[/p][/quote]I'm not sure - what does everybody else think? ;-) MarkPullen
  • Score: 3

10:26am Thu 6 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

Banni2 wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
MarkPullen wrote:
Banni2 wrote: It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.
Yes - commenting on this story is a total waste of time and energy....don't you agree?
Have we now got the pan calling kettle black here?
You are quite right, this is a total waste of time so get a life!
Okay - thanks for the advice.

I'm assuming that you won't be commenting any more on this page as you will be living yours?!
[quote][p][bold]Banni2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MarkPullen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Banni2[/bold] wrote: It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.[/p][/quote]Yes - commenting on this story is a total waste of time and energy....don't you agree?[/p][/quote]Have we now got the pan calling kettle black here?[/p][/quote]You are quite right, this is a total waste of time so get a life![/p][/quote]Okay - thanks for the advice. I'm assuming that you won't be commenting any more on this page as you will be living yours?! MarkPullen
  • Score: 2

10:36am Thu 6 Feb 14

stiflers mom says...

Well i for one think the stunning light show at jacobs well put on by Bratfud council looks fantastic ,this City is really going places !!!
Well i for one think the stunning light show at jacobs well put on by Bratfud council looks fantastic ,this City is really going places !!! stiflers mom
  • Score: 1

11:36am Thu 6 Feb 14

Avro says...

Banni2 wrote:
It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.
A good idea would be for you to book yourself in for a lobotomy
[quote][p][bold]Banni2[/bold] wrote: It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.[/p][/quote]A good idea would be for you to book yourself in for a lobotomy Avro
  • Score: 3

12:00pm Thu 6 Feb 14

mad matt says...

stiflers mom wrote:
Well i for one think the stunning light show at jacobs well put on by Bratfud council looks fantastic ,this City is really going places !!!
No need for sarcasm - he he
Nice to see that the usual suspects are ripping each others' throats out - - -

as usual !
[quote][p][bold]stiflers mom[/bold] wrote: Well i for one think the stunning light show at jacobs well put on by Bratfud council looks fantastic ,this City is really going places !!![/p][/quote]No need for sarcasm - he he Nice to see that the usual suspects are ripping each others' throats out - - - as usual ! mad matt
  • Score: 0

12:38pm Thu 6 Feb 14

vikkifizz says...

Can someone please shut George Galloway up? I am so sick of his pompous comments all over this newspaper - can he not go on another Big Brother to get him out of the way for a while????
Can someone please shut George Galloway up? I am so sick of his pompous comments all over this newspaper - can he not go on another Big Brother to get him out of the way for a while???? vikkifizz
  • Score: 1

2:17pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Old Peculiar says...

George Galloway - Jog on Kn@b Head
George Galloway - Jog on Kn@b Head Old Peculiar
  • Score: 1

6:14pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Banni2 says...

Avro wrote:
Banni2 wrote:
It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.
A good idea would be for you to book yourself in for a lobotomy
Sounds painful,but at least it will be more constructive than your childish comments...
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Banni2[/bold] wrote: It appears to me that a lot of the people who have written on this subject must live very sad lives. They should get out a bit more often and start to live a more interesting life.[/p][/quote]A good idea would be for you to book yourself in for a lobotomy[/p][/quote]Sounds painful,but at least it will be more constructive than your childish comments... Banni2
  • Score: -4

6:32pm Thu 6 Feb 14

big man in bradford. says...

can keep charismas (fistful) lights on all year ! but can't keep lights that are spouse to be on all the time i.e. street lights communal lighting in court/tower blocks.
can keep charismas (fistful) lights on all year ! but can't keep lights that are spouse to be on all the time i.e. street lights communal lighting in court/tower blocks. big man in bradford.
  • Score: -1

10:39pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Rhinoman says...

“I will be keeping an eye on this situation. When I am next in the city I expect to see those lights switched off at the very least.”-Galloway.
Might as well leave them up then as the next time you visit the city George, it will probably be christmas again.
“I will be keeping an eye on this situation. When I am next in the city I expect to see those lights switched off at the very least.”-Galloway. Might as well leave them up then as the next time you visit the city George, it will probably be christmas again. Rhinoman
  • Score: 3

8:45pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Stevader says...

Could this have something to do with the fact that a major new film about Christmas, called "Get Santa" was filming in Bradford this week? Today Sunbridge Road was closed off, as Warwick Davis and Jim Broadbent worked nearby. I suppose Bradford Council will lie about that too.
Could this have something to do with the fact that a major new film about Christmas, called "Get Santa" was filming in Bradford this week? Today Sunbridge Road was closed off, as Warwick Davis and Jim Broadbent worked nearby. I suppose Bradford Council will lie about that too. Stevader
  • Score: 0

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