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No Christmas tree for village this year

PUBLISHED: 18:26 03 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

LAST year the village had the unluckiest Christmas tree in the country, so this year Trimley St Mary is not going to bother with one.

Villagers have decided not to take a chance of a repeat of the calamity that befell their 2000 festive centrepiece, and instead will create a colourful illuminated grotto using existing trees.

LAST year the village had the unluckiest Christmas tree in the country, so this year Trimley St Mary is not going to bother with one.

Villagers have decided not to take a chance of a repeat of the calamity that befell their 2000 festive centrepiece, and instead will create a colourful illuminated grotto using existing trees.

Before a mince pie was munched, or a carol sung, or season's greetings warmly exchanged, the tree delivered to the High Road last December was looking a ragged specimen – truly a lonesome pine.

The unlucky tree found life was not so evergreen when it arrived in the village to become part of the Christmas celebrations organised by the parish council and High Road Neighbourhood Watch group as it was:

n Delivered to the wrong address

n Dragged 30 yards down the street to its proper place

n Run over by a car on the way

n Knocked over a fire hydrant

n And then had its lighting-up date postponed.

This time though parish council has agreed to do things differently.

Instead of accepting a tree from Felixstowe Round Table, the parish is to choose an already-thriving tree from among those near the spot where the Christmas tree is usually sited and decorate it.

It is to splash out on extra lights and create a kind of sparkling mini grotto in the string of trees on the verge near the entrance to New Road.

Parish clerk George Harlow said the councillors had three options – to have a tree delivered, decorate what was already there, or plant one.

It was felt that decorating existing trees was the best option and it was hoped provide a nice festive display where a suitable lighting up event and community gathering could take place in early December.

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