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Ipswich: Town’s Christmas tree splits public opinion - but what do you think of ball creation?

16:26 27 November 2012

Thousands of people came to the the Ipswich Christmas lights switch on in the Corn Hill.

Thousands of people came to the the Ipswich Christmas lights switch on in the Corn Hill.


YOU either love it or you hate it!


But there’s one thing for sure – it seems everyone is talking about the town’s sparkling new Christmas tree.

Featuring 41 aluminium spheres and covered with more than 40,000 low energy LED lights, the tree continues to attract attention – with scores of visitors gathering around it for photo opportunities and to get a glimpse of the festive feature.

And while some shoppers told The Ipswich Star they enjoyed the modern twist this year, others said they preferred a more traditional theme for the town’s Christmas centrepiece.

Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central, said he was pleased people were talking about the tree – whether they liked it or not.

“This is the most talked about tree in East Anglia, probably in the UK this year,” he said.

“Love it or hate it, everyone is talking about it, and thousands of people are heading into Ipswich to see it and make up their own minds.

“Most other towns would give their right arm to have this amount of conversation about them at this time of year.”

Shopper Dennis Nedd said: “I would have just liked a normal Christmas tree. I keep wondering when the real tree and decorations are going to be delivered.”

Meanwhile, Tracy Burnham, who was also in the town centre yesterday, said: “I think it looks a lot better than what we normally have in the town at Christmas. I think it’s really nice and it’s pretty.”

Thousands flocked to the Cornhill on Sunday, pictured, to see the unveiling of the Christmas decorations, with more than 250,000 low energy bulbs illuminating the streets of the town centre.

In total, £100,000 has been invested in the lights, which stretch through the town down to the Waterfront.

The cash for the decorations has come from Ipswich Central and Ipswich Borough Council.

The lights and the tree will be in place until January 5.

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  • OK in daylight it does not look much but at night it is spectacular. Everyone I have spoken to thinks it is great and saying that, at last, Ipswich is doing something different. Before you pass comment go and have a look in the dark.

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    R2 D2

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • 100k for a load of balls and cheap lilds lights you sure waste of money . bring back the tree its christmas and a tree thats why we call it a """""yes you got it"""""

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    Lee mundy

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • I think it looks good as an atraction, but nothing christmasy at all, along with all the other new lights they are just white lights like glorified street lights, lets see some coloured lights and bring back the christmas look to the town

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    tony pyett

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • If you call it a TREE there is a problem. It is not a tree. It is sculpture and a not very attractive piece at that!

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    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • not at all festive the tree is so not ,why cant we a proper one i did here that this year was the best for real trees so whats the problem ????

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    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • ipsjohn

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Haven't seen it but from what I've heard it's just a load of 'Balls'.. Bah Humbug... what's wrong with a REAL Christmas tree ??

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    Al K Hall

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • what has happened to Tradition??? there are some things that should not be changed ....I Christmas tree is a symbol of Xmas , all be it a relatively modern symbol (Victorian) coca cola changed Santa's suite colour and now the tree has been changed to a ...what ever it is .....what next ..Christmas to be officially called Winter Holidays ....Dont mess with tradition

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    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • If the picture is a true reflection of what the tree looks like good but i do wonder how much of my council tax has gone to pay for it

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    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Sorry - Cromer's 'tree' is made from crab pots, not lobster pots. Picture on Eastern Daily Press website.

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    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • I really like it - it's modern, it's pretty when its lit up in the dark and along with the decorations on the town hall and the similar ball style decorations and the pretty lights at the bottom of Lloyds Ave it all looks really nice and Christmasy. I think they've done a really great job - Ipswich needs something to draw people in.

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    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Nice one Ipswich - you must be in competion with Cromer's lobster pot tree! Have to question £100k 'invested' in Christmas lights though.

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    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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