Reading Christmas event cancelled but Coca-Cola truck is coming plus more news from this week

There was lots of Christmassy news in Reading this week when Coca-Cola announced it would be bringing its touring red truck to Reading once again. The lorry from the classic Christmas “Holidays Are Coming” advert[1] will be visiting several towns and cities across the UK in the coming months. But while many celebrated that news, Reading Borough Council revealed the Winter on Ice event in Forbury Gardens would not be happening this winter.

Due to ongoing restoration work at Reading Abbey, access to the gardens is limited, but not everyone was disappointed with the news. Many people blasted the “tacky” event[2] , calling it “overpriced”, while others suggested the event could be held somewhere else in Reading[3] istead.

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Despite being in early November, both articles were among the most read on getreading this week. Take a look at the other big news stories from the last seven days.

Reading Elvis heading to Christmas lights switch on

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One of Reading’s[4] best known characters will be a special guest at the town’s Christmas lights switch-on, but has turned down the opportunity to do the honours himself.

Reading Elvis AKA David Allon will be a VIP for the special day at Broad Street Mall after a campaign[5] to get him to turn on the lights. He will join dignitaries including Reading mayor Cllr Rose Williams on the day and be given a chance to say thanks to everyone who supported him to turn on the lights. Writing on the Reading Elvis To Turn On The Xmas Lights Facebook page, Mr Absolom said: “I have spoken with David, and he was honoured and absolutely flattered to have a campaign such as this for him.

“Within a few minutes though, it was apparent that he would not be comfortable with having the responsibility of being the main focus of attention, he didn’t want to have to speak into a mic whilst stood in front of hundreds of people as the main principle.”

The 30 Reading pubs, restaurants and takeaways with the lowest food hygiene ratings

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A pub which has been taken over in the last week is Reading’s only kitchen with a zero star hygiene rating. However, the kitchen is now closed while the new owners at The Prince in Tilehurst settle into the business and decide what to do. There are also another 29 pubs, restaurants and takeaways in Reading that have been given a one out of five rating.

That means major improvements are required. Almost a third (nine) of the Reading’s eateries with a food hygiene rating of one are situated in Oxford Road. Take a look at the list here[6] .

Cow Lane bridge closed as demolition begins

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Cow Lane in Reading was closed this weekend[7] while the old railway bridge is finally taken down.

The lane which links West Reading[8] and Caversham via Richfield Avenue and Portman Road closed on Friday, November 3 at 8pm and is due to reopen on Monday, November 6 at 5am. The removal of the low, brick arch tunnel is part of the plan to get rid of the notorious Cow Lane bottleneck by creating a wider road suitable for two-way traffic. Contractors will widen the tunnel, get rid of the traffic lights and also create a footpath and cyclepath.

Police officers cleared of gross misconduct after death of Aston McLean Williams

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Two police officers accused of gross misconduct[9] over the way they reacted to a reported burglary have been cleared.

The officers, known only as PC N and PC P, were involved in the death of Reading burglary suspect, Aston McLean Williams. Mr Williams, who was reported to have been armed with either an axe or a hammer at the time of the incident, died in 2014 after being hit by an armed police vehicle. Prior to the collision he had been sprayed by an incapacitant spray which led him to fall in front of the car.

getreading attended a live stream of the five-day hearing[10] and reported from the panel each day.

Following the decision Mr Williams’ girlfriend Shenice Medford spoke of her heartache[11] .

References

  1. ^ lorry from the classic Christmas “Holidays Are Coming” advert (www.getreading.co.uk)
  2. ^ blasted the “tacky” event (www.getreading.co.uk)
  3. ^ held somewhere else in Reading (www.getreading.co.uk)
  4. ^ Reading’s (www.getreading.co.uk)
  5. ^ after a campaign (www.getreading.co.uk)
  6. ^ look at the list here (www.getreading.co.uk)
  7. ^ Cow Lane in Reading was closed this weekend (www.getreading.co.uk)
  8. ^ West Reading (www.getreading.co.uk)
  9. ^ accused of gross misconduct (www.getreading.co.uk)
  10. ^ five-day hearing (www.getreading.co.uk)
  11. ^ Shenice Medford spoke of her heartache (www.getreading.co.uk)

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