Concerns raised over city’s lights switch-on

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From: Simon Hart <southsea2006@yahoo.co.uk>

Even though George V proclaimed all German titles were to be given up by his family a century ago (July 17 1917), there is still physical evidence in our city of the Germanic royal house that once existed. Two commemoration stones relating to members of the royal house previous to the House of Windsor are so readily a part of the fabric of our daily lives but are probably in the most part overlooked.

A walk along Queen Street and on the corner with Aylward Street will present a building with a foundation stone that was laid by HRH Princess Henry of Battenberg in 1912. This was the married title of Queen Victoria's daughter Beatrice which was relinquished on 14 July 1917. From 17 July 1917 she was known as HRH the Princess Beatrice.

A visit to Sainsburys foyer in Commercial Road will provide the opportunity to see a commemoration stone for the opening of the Child's Ward of the Royal Hospital in 1909 by HH Princess Victoria of Schleswig

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CHICHESTER’S Christmas lights switch-on event proved too popular for its own good and could be changed in the future – or not happen at all, according to organisers.

Thousands of people packed into the city centre to watch the new lights being switched on by actor Simon Callow at The Cross on Saturday.

But while many enjoyed it, some complaints have been made about crowd control as there was no room to move for many minutes before and after the event.

Chichester City Council is responsible for the lights display, which didn’t happen last year because of funding problems.

Town clerk Rodney Duggua said there are a number of options he will be putting forward for next year, including that the switch-on event doesn’t happen at all.

‘As the event concluded, it was obvious that although many people had exercised good-natured tolerance and enjoyed themselves, there were clearly some who had an opposite experience, being caught up in the large crowd which they found frightening, particularly around The Cross,’ he said.

‘This is positively the last thing anyone would want with an event which had good news and happy themes uppermost.

‘Those involved will be sitting down very soon to review future planning.

‘I, for one, will not be backing any plan which continues to feature present routines.’