Is there a 'bah humbug' spirit in Coleford?
COULD there be a case of "bah humbug" in Coleford?
The town is famed for being the first in the country to put up its Christmas lights but not everyone is happy about the accolade.
A small team of seven volunteers have started the painstaking task of testing and putting up the festive decorations.
They will be out every Sunday between now and the big switch-on, which will take place on November 30.
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Kevin Wilkins, 44, said: "We get quite a lot of abuse from people in the community who think we start too early.
"But there are over 160 illuminations and everything has to be checked for safety.
"We are down on volunteers at the moment and if we had more we could start later.
"If some more people could come forward to help it would be great."
Kevin has given hundreds of man hours during his 15 years as a volunteer.
The dad-of-four said: "When people moan we just say 'Merry Christmas'."
He said the "smiling faces" on the night made all the hard work and flack they take worthwhile.