The plan to light up the village main street for Christmas is off.
But the lights have been bought and will be used in Weir Park this year, pending more fund-raising to make street strings possible next year.
Parish council chairman Paul Beard, also one half of local business partnership Roffey Electrical, admitted defeat Tuesday evening. He was still waiting for an all-clear from Devon Highways to use its lamp posts. Meanwhile, he had been looking into the cable strength required to support the stringing.
To get a storm-proof tension on the weight involved, according to safety rules, would mean using specialist equipment which would bust the budget – £1600 or so raised by local business donations, including prizes for the raffle just completed, plus a few hundred available for borrowing if required.
The lights themselves cost about £1,300 and have already arrived.
“We will use them in the park and work on ideas for using them next year,” said Cllr Beard.
“Sorry for any disappointment but we are on our way to making Horrabridge somewhere cheerful to be and to visit in the dark hours of December.”
The switch-on party is still scheduled for Saturday December 2 at 6 pm.