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"That's Not A Tree, It's An Embarrassment"

Todmorden's "weedy" Christmas tree is to be replaced.

It’s a bit weedy and a bit wobbly, according to its many critics – but the people of Todmorden have been told they’ll have a bigger and better Christmas tree in place before the town’s festive lights are switched on at the end of the month.

The tree recently put in place in the Peace Garden next to Todmorden Town Hall at the heart of the town centre has come in for some online stick – and been the subject on chatter in pubs, cafes and other meeting places – but a new one is on its way, a Calderdale Council spokesperson has said.

The tree’s size and “leaning” aspect have been criticised by people on Todmorden forums on social media like Facebook.

Online comments made by people included “that’s not a tree, it’s an embarrassment”, “awful, could not believe my eyes” and, in a reference to the town’s nightclub, “I think the Christmas tree has been having 1 too many shots in Monty’s”.

But the council will now have a new tree in place by the Christmas lights switch-on, at 5pm on Saturday, November 30th.

The spokesperson said they had taken people’s thoughts on the matter on board, and agreed it should be replaced.

The new tree should be arriving on Monday, November 25th, she said, and added “it will be in place for the lights switch on the following weekend”.

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