More than 5,000 people braved pouring rain in Scunthorpe last night to watch 93 year old Reginald Smith’s Christmas lights being switched off.
Celebrity chef Pierre Blanc took centre stage on behalf of Northern Electric after the pensioner failed to stump up the outstanding £27 owed before the 8pm deadline.
The excited crowd provided a ten second countdown before witnessing fairy lights and smoke alarms flicker and die and the house fall into darkness.
A spokesman for Northern Electric praised the spirit of those turning out to celebrate the occasion, adding that rising energy prices could make the switching off a regular feature on the winter calendar. Local undertakers ‘Body & Son’ have already expressed an interest in sponsoring future events.
Mr Smith was unavailable for comment and in fact hasn’t been seen or heard of since the ceremony.