4th Dec, 2016

Bright idea adds a bit of sparkle to sad tree

Joshua Godfrey 24th Dec, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

FED UP Evesham residents spruced up the town’s Christmas tree with a ‘tinsel bomb’ campaign after labelling the festive fir as ‘sad’.

A group of residents hit the streets to add some Christmas cheer to the town’s tree which had stood on the High Street adorned with just lights.

Now, it’s covered in tinsel and baubles after one resident, Rosalie Daubney, urged people on social media to join her in adding some festive cheer to the tree which had been paid for by Evesham Town Council.

The campaign began last Tuesday (December 15) when Rosalie saw the idea being brought to life in Ross-on-Wye.

She then began sprucing up Evesham’s tree and adding some Christmas sparkle.

The Christmas spirit was truly on show as a group of residents came out in force on Friday night (December 18) to ‘tinsel bomb’ the tree even further with an outpouring of praise for their efforts on Facebook, which has spurred on even more people to add some decorations to the tree.

Firefighters from Evesham also helped out on Monday (December 21) by moving some of the baubles and decorations higher up the tree.

“I got the whole idea from a tree in Ross-on-Wye,” Mrs Daubney said.

“I was very disappointed with the efforts made by the Town Council.

“I’m really pleased that people have joined in and added decorations to the tree. Let’s hope the Christmas spirit continues.

“I’m really grateful for the fire service to come along and help clear it up and by helping to put some decorations higher up the tree.”

Evesham’s Mayor Coun Fred Kaler, hailed the idea as ‘fantastic’ but warned anyone who wants to decorate the tree to be careful when doing so.

“The only thing that bothers me is that they have to be careful in case of an accident,” Coun Kaler said.

“The tree did look a little sad before, but now I think it looks a lot better now.

“It was a fantastic idea Rosalie had. They’ve done it in a few other places as well.”

Town Clerk, Stuart Carter, said: “Whilst we would dispute that the tree is sad, it is in fact a very happy and bushy tree, we appreciate the festive spirit in which this was done.

“We love Christmas too, though we would encourage anybody to contact the Town Council first.”