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Bill Nighy turns the Christmas lights on in West Hampstead despite cable-cutting sabotage

Saboteurs fail as shows goes on in Fortune Green

01 December, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

The cut cable in Fortune Green caused ‘maximum damage’

SABOTEURS tried to ruin Christmas by cutting key cables before a big lights switch-on event in West Hampstead this evening (Saturday).

Organisers said the wires had been “cut in a way to cause maximum damage” ahead of a fund-raising festive event in Fortune Green in aid of the Camden Society charity.

Love Actually star Bill Nighy was waiting in the wings to turn on the lights on the tree. He praised a quick-thinking response and declared that the community had “overcome the saboteurs”. He described the vandalism as “weird” but said they had failed to stop the show going on.

Firefighters try to find the problem before the sabotage is revealed

Fortune Green councillor Lorna Russell with Bill Night and the Love Actually star with organiser Jill Henry

The crowds, feasting on mince pies and mulled wine, had been kept entertained by a choir from St Luke’s Church as an emergency electrician was called. After some repair work, the lights went on after a half an hour wait. Organisers were nevertheless shocked that anybody could be so underhand to cut the wires.

St Luke’s church choir keep the crowds entertained

The Camden Society, which runs services for people with disabilities and learning difficulties, has been running a Christmas tree sale at the Mill Lane Garden Centre in the run-up to the festive season.

 

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