Lindsay Lohan has wished Kettering “happy holidays” and revealed she will not be at the Christmas light switch-on because of her “busy schedule”.
The Mean Girls actress had originally agreed to travel to the Northamptonshire town after implying earlier this year that nobody had heard of the place.
But hours before the festive event on Thursday, Lindsay posted a video to her nine million Twitter followers to make her excuses. In it, she said: “Hi everyone in Kettering it’s Lindsay Lohan.
“I really wanted to make it there to light the tree but with my busy schedule I wasn’t able to, and appreciate the offer. Happy holidays.”
She was invited to turn on Kettering’s lights by Conservative MP Philip Hollobone after she posted a tweet on the night of the EU referendum which said: “Sorry but Kettering where are you?”
The Kettering MP officially asked her in a Commons speech to undertake the festive task, “thus redeeming her political reputation and raising money for good causes”.
Lindsay tweeted in response: “Direct message me about your offer. Would be happy to light the Christmas tree in #Kettering.”
But since then Kettering Borough Council, which is organising the switch-on on November 24, said it had not heard from her.
It was announced earlier this month they had instead drafted in ex-EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison, who played Heather Trott in the BBC soap, to light up the town.
Kettering Borough Council chief executive David Cook said: “It would have been wonderful if Lindsay could have joined us this evening but sadly her other commitments made this impossible.
“However, we appreciate how hard she and her team tried to make this work and we were delighted to get a video message wishing us well.
“It’s going to be a fabulous evening with lots of fun and excitement with a range of super activities planned, including Cheryl Fergison and other members of the cast of Beauty And The Beast doing the honours for us tonight.”