A Belgian mayor has apologised to residents as the town's Christmas lights resemble a penis.

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Anthony Dumarey told the community in the town of Oudenburg that he "did not intentionally set out" to make the candle-shaped decorations look like illuminated genitalia.

Dumarey told LADbible: "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."

The mayor didn't think that the lights were so phallic in nature until they were switched on.

He explained: "I only realised it myself when they were illuminated. But we have to see the humour in this.

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

"So we chose the town's colours and put a blue tip on top because we thought a flame was cliché."