Ex-Love Island contestant cancelled for Welwyn Garden City Christmas Lights switch-on
PUBLISHED: 13:18 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:29 09 November 2017
Organisers of Welwyn Garden City's Christmas lights switch-on have cancelled the appearance of a former Love Island contestant following a public backlash.
Welwyn Garden City parents were up in arms after former Love Island contestant Kady McDermott was booked to turn on the town’s Christmas lights.
More than 550 people signed an online petition to have someone else take her place.
Following a barrage of comments on Facebook and the online petition, Welwyn Garden City Business Improvement District has taken on board the feedback.
A spokeswoman for WGC BID said; “Thank you for your feedback, we have listened.
“We had good intentions to create an inclusive event for all ages of the WGC community.
“We came across Kady through the Brain Tumour Research charity which Kady supports and has raised a significant amount of money for.
“Kady has almost 1 million followers on social media, including many reputable brands and charities but generally appeals to the teenage population.
“We did not foresee such a strong reaction from the community and will be cancelling Kady’s appearance at the Christmas Light Switch-on.
“So, we hope you will pleased to hear that we now encourage you to write a letter to Santa for a chance to Switch-on the Christmas lights alongside Santa.
“With so many of you engaged with this event we are expecting lots of letters!
“This is a fantastic community event and we hope you will join us for an excellent night of entertainment and family fun.”
•See www.welwyngarden.co.uk for more information.
The petition to WGC Bid was set up by ‘Parents WGC’.
It stated: “What kind of example are we setting our children by having the girl from Love Island (shown drunk in this photo), switch on our Christmas lights?
“This is a family event and it would be much better to have a local hero instead.
“Give the money (that would otherwise fund her appearance fee), to a local charity.
“Set a better example to our kids.
“If you don’t, we won’t show up to the event.”
Welwyn Garden City’s Christmas lights are set to be switched on next Thursday, November 16.