Deck the halls with Buddy Holly. Now, surely no one would object to carol singers? In particular, our health and safety regulator?

That would be less Christmassy than a Caribbean beach. Even so, recent years have seen reports of insurance companies producing comprehensive ‘health and safety’ guides for people wishing to take part in this age old tradition.

In some instances, parish councils ordered groups of singers to apply for a permit in order to stop them upsetting home-owners.

Rather than grenade the good old serenade, the Regulator describes well-intentioned advice such as ‘don’t sing in the road’ or ‘carry large amounts of cash’ as simple common sense.