Stockton criticised for having "Britain's worst Christmas tree."

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Stockton tree The Stockton tree

STOCKTON council chiefs have defended themselves against allegations of erecting Britain's worst Christmas tree.

The 15ft-tall white 'tree', was erected last week but has been dubbed a 'dunce's hat' on social networking site, Facebook.

Stockton Borough Council, which is currently revamping the High Street, says it does not have room for a proper tree this year but has promised to return to buying the usual 40ft Spruce next year.

One online comment said: “Looks like a bit of rolled up carpet.”

Another from Mark Wilson said: “'I don't understand why they spent thousands on fireworks and use an old dunce's hat for the Christmas tree.”

A Stockton Council spokesman said: 'We're in the middle of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the High Street.

"The central and northern sections are quite literally a building site, so there's no room for our normal 40ft high Spruce, which will be back next year.

"In the interim we've used the 20ft cone with illuminated snowflake designs, rather than leave this part of the High Street bare.

"We're pleased to report that the extensive works have not put visitors off as thousands of spectators attended last week’s launch of the Stockton Sparkles festival, which was led by 1,500 carol-singing children.

"We would ask that our public bear with us this year and look forward to a traditional Christmas tree returning to a new-look Stockton High Street next year – we're sure it will be worth the wait.”

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9:51pm Mon 2 Dec 13

spragger says...

Stockton High St is a joke period
Stockton High St is a joke period spragger

11:09pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Jackaranda says...

Christmas has to be low key in Stocktonistan, as you'll upset the ethnic majority!!
Christmas has to be low key in Stocktonistan, as you'll upset the ethnic majority!! Jackaranda

4:27pm Tue 3 Dec 13

calumannabel says...

Peterlee last year now Stockton. I hope the white cone is halal!
Peterlee last year now Stockton. I hope the white cone is halal! calumannabel

4:36pm Tue 3 Dec 13

nigel d says...

Who ever sanctioned that wants sacking,and who ever designed it wants to go to specksavers.
Who ever sanctioned that wants sacking,and who ever designed it wants to go to specksavers. nigel d

6:02pm Tue 3 Dec 13

maur1 says...

gawd its awfull councils money never spent good they want sacking
gawd its awfull councils money never spent good they want sacking maur1

11:05pm Wed 4 Dec 13

stone-rose says...

**** me its a Teepee where s the cowboys " in Darlo "
**** me its a Teepee where s the cowboys " in Darlo " stone-rose

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