Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard in hysterics over ‘penis-shaped’ Christmas lights

KATE Garraway and Ben Shephard were left in hysterics on today's GMB over a Belgian city's penis-shaped Christmas lights.

Oudenburg's festive decorations have made headlines for all the wrong reasons and even prompted an apology from its mayor.

But the rude light display has made many people smile, and they have a fan in GMB's Richard Arnold.

Today he said: "I may be strangely drawn to it actually, for obvious reasons."

He then joked: "If you do see that waking up this morning boys, I can give you Dr Hilary's number."

The hosts burst out laughing at their co-star's tongue in cheek gag.

Oudenburg mayor Anthony Dumarey admitted he didn't know the bright white column lights with bulbous blue tips looked like phalluses "until they were switched on".



The red-faced bureaucrat quickly tried to fob off blame for the saucy lights, pinning the botch-up on council staff.

They'd been roped in to design them on the cheap as part of cost-cutting efforts.

All 90 X-rated decorations were revealed during switch-ons in the municipality of Oudenburg in the Belgian province of West Flanders, and several local boroughs.

Dumarey said: “The first time I saw them during the day, I didn’t pay any attention to them.

"[However] once they were illuminated, I noticed immediately.

“Let’s just say that we will have the country’s most talked-about Christmas lights this year.”

The Mayor noted "there has been a lot of reaction, but of course we did not intentionally set out to make them this way.

"Our technical department designed them.



"If we had bought them, it would have cost us around three times as much.

"So we chose the city’s colours and put a blue tip on top because we thought a [candle] flame was cliche.”

It wasn't long before residents realised the new festive decor looked more like male genitalia than anything to do with Christmas.

The Mayor joked to HLN: “Of course, it was not our intention to install Christmas lights that remind people of a penis.

“But we do see the lighter side of the incident.”

He added: “I see the funny side of it myself.

"We really have to do that in these dark and difficult times."

Council technicians designed the naughty decorations as part of a long-term plan for the area that included illuminated pyramids.

Despite their notoriety, the Mayor said: "I see no reason to remove or replace them.”

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