What a bright idea! Bicycle lamps for trolleys in Aldi car-park blackout

Crowds gathered for the opening of Alnwick's Aldi store in September. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Crowds gathered for the opening of Alnwick's Aldi store in September. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Bicycle lamps are being fitted to trolleys at a recently-opened shop in a Northumberland town as a temporary measure to help customers find their way through the car park in the dark - because the lights aren't working.

A concerned reader contacted the Gazette earlier this week to voice his fears about the situation at Alnwick's Aldi store, which was launched at the start of September.

The resident, who did not want to be named, said: "The car-park lights haven't been on for weeks. It is not particularly safe now that the dark nights are here and someone is going to be knocked over. The car park should be well lit. At the moment, the only light you get is from the street lights nearby."

Landlord Northumberland Estates and Aldi said that the issue is being looked at.

Colin Barnes, of the Estates, said: "It’s a teething problem and it is being dealt with. In the interim, we are fitting bicycle lamps to the shopping trolleys."

A spokeswoman for Aldi told the Gazette: "We are aware of this problem and are working with the landlord who owns the site to repair the car-park lights as soon as possible."