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Replanted: Larne's 'pitiful' Christmas tree

By Allan Preston

Published 17/11/2016

Spruced up: The new Larne tree
Spruced up: The new Larne tree
Sad state: The old Larne 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".

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