The mystery has finally been solved. Marsden’s Christmas lights toilet is, indeed, a toilet.
Inspired by a tablet computer game Crossy Road, the illuminated loo is just that.
Marsden’s wacky lights display has divided opinion in the village. Some have pooh-poohed the toilet idea while others love the break with tradition.
Facebook has been full of comments after the Examiner highlighted the glowing toilet on the side of the Mechanics Hall in Peel Street.
Volunteers from Marsden Community Association are behind the Christmas lights and youngsters were asked to suggest designs with the theme of computer games.
In response to a post on the ‘Marsden – a local place for local people’ group Jo Fell said it was her daughter Sophie who drew the toilet.
Jo said it was from a children’s game called Crossy Road where players choose to be anything from a duck to fish and chips, a lord to a loo.
The aim is to cross the road within a set time avoiding cars, trains and other obstructions along the way.
Christmas lights co-ordinator Shaun Beckingham said he thought the toilet idea was “brilliant” and added: “There’s been a lot of conversation about it.
“I think it’s great our children are so creative and imaginative. They make the Christmas lights fun.”
Dad-of-two Shaun, 39, said some people preferred the traditional but he added: “What is traditional? The Coca-Cola truck isn’t traditional, dressing Santa in a red suit is not traditional and neither is putting up a Christmas tree.
“These are capitalist-driven ideas. The real tradition is the religious side and the giving of gifts.”
It hasn’t gone unnoticed that the lights are in PEE-L Street.
Shaun said it had been pointed out that Marsden’s public toilets had been closed down – and there was controversy over revellers on the Ale Trail urinating in the street.
Marsden people gave their views on Facebook. Steve Augarde said: “We need a public toilet in Peel St. Excellent.” Sonja Trbojevic wrote: “Love the lights...and yes, they ARE Christmassy!”
Julie Hopson added: “It’s the only toilet we have in the centre of Marsden now lol” and Steve Slator said: “It’s for the Ale Trailers!”