Replanted: Larne's 'pitiful' Christmas tree
A council has been taken off the naughty list after it provided Larne with a new Christmas tree.
Pictures appeared on social media this week of a sorry looking spruce in the Broadway area of the town.
With broken branches and a withering brown complexion, some questioned if it had been found on a rubbish heap. Ulster Unionist councillor Mark McKinty said: "I'm all for recycling, but when your Christmas tree goes up looking like it's spent a few years on the compost heap, that is a bit much."
Red-faced officials at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council soon responded to the outcry, bringing in a healthier-looking replacement in time for tonight's official Christmas lights switch-on. A council spokesman said it "had responded to concerns about the condition of the recently erected Christmas tree in Larne". He added: "Council officers had carried out an inspection and as a result it has been replaced."
TUV councillor Ruth Wilson said: "Glad to hear the tree is being replaced. The other one was an eyesore."
With the Christmas spirit restored in the Co Antrim town, one Larne resident commented: "I'm absolutely delighted. Larne deserves only the best."
The old tree had attracted a wave of criticism.
One resident had joked on social media: "People say America is in crisis with Trump - try dealing with Larne's Christmas tree."
Others had described it as "an embarrassment".