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Mother told to take down her Christmas lights… in case they offend her non-Christian neighbours

UK Daily Mail [1]
Monday, Dec 15, 2008

A woman has spoken of how she was told to remove her Christmas lights by a housing association worker – in case they offended her non-Christian neighbours.

Dorothy Glenn decorates her home in South Shields with hundreds of festive lights every year, including a giant tree and a 4ft Santa Claus.

But she was left stunned this year when a South Tyneside Homes worker called at her house to inform her that the decorations she was displaying might be offending her neighbours.


The association last night apologised to Mrs Glenn and insisted that removing Christmas lights was not part of their policy.

The 41-year-old mother-of-three said: ‘I put the lights up in the first week of November and then recently a uniformed housing worker was outside, and it looked like he was counting my decorations.

‘When I went outside he said that the lights were “offensive to the community”. If I was offending anyone I could understand why he was telling me, but nobody has complained.

‘My neighbours are Bengali and Chinese and I know that they love the lights – the children will always point them out when they walk past.’

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