The holiday season began with a bang in a town in southwest England on Friday night, when the annual Winter Festival in Keynsham, near Bristol, took on an adult theme:
“Now, it could be my eyes but that’s an interesting lighting at the festival,” wrote Instagram user Lindsey McCullam. “Nothing screams Christmas like a lit-up phallus,” said Ben Rogers on Twitter.
But in a statement to Somerset Live, the council said a contractor was responsible for the ride and lights. The council had “no choice in what is brought along,” and the attraction “does not form part of” the town’s official lights display, it added.