Honiton mayor absent from Christmas lights switch-on because he 'wasn't invited'
PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:14 01 December 2017
John Zarczynski said he did not want to 'upstage' the event by turning up in full mayoral regalia without an invite, so opted to stay away.
Honiton’s chamber of commerce has come under fire for failing to extend the mayor an invitation to this year’s Christmas lights switch-on.
John Zarczynski said he did not want to ‘upstage’ the event by turning up in full mayoral regalia without an invite, so opted to stay away.
The lights were switched on by former Honiton mayor Peter Halse on November 18, who attended the event with his wife Ann.
Mr Zarczynski explained his absence from the switch-on at a town council meeting last night (Monday).
He also criticised the town’s chamber of commerce for not acknowledging a grant supplied by the council towards the lights on the night.
Mr Zarczynski said: “I felt it would be improper of me to turn up to the event without an invitation, so for that reason I did stay away.”
He added he was ‘disappointed’ that chamber chairman Tony McCollum did not thank the council for the grant, but noted a press release issued by the chamber after the event contained a message of thanks to the council.
The mayor’s comments were echoed by former mayor Cllr Caroline Kolek, who said: “The council contributed £9,000 towards the lights and this was not acknowledged.”