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Banbridge 'shamed' into giving its sorry looking Christmas tree the chop

By David Young

Is this Northern Ireland's worst Christmas tree?

The effort in Banbridge was deemed so poor that officials agreed to replace it with a new, better version.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon UUP councillor Glenn Barr tweeted a picture of the sorry looking spruce yesterday, and by nightfall it had been taken down.

"It was very bad. I think it had probably been cut down a few weeks ago, wrapped in netting and left sitting until it was delivered and put up at the top of the town," Mr Barr told the Belfast Telegraph.

"It's not the worst tree I've ever seen in Northern Ireland, but it's certainly the worst I've ever seen in Banbridge."

Once the picture began to circulate on social media the council swung into action to give it the chop.

A replacement will be delivered and erected on Monday - at no additional cost to the ratepayers.

The new tree will be spruced up next week to get it ready for the council's Christmas lights switch-on ceremony, which is to be performed next Friday by Lord Mayor Gareth Wilson

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council said: "The Christmas tree in Newry Street, Banbridge, has been removed as it was deemed substandard by the council upon erection.

"A replacement tree will be put in place on Monday afternoon in advance of the Christmas lights switch-on event on Friday, November 24."

Councillor Barr said he was happy the problem had been addressed. "I'm glad something good has come of the controversy. We just want a tree we can be proud of for everybody in the town," he added.

It's not the first time the town has had tree trouble - last year it was blown down by the wind.

The Banbridge lights switch-on is part of the council's 'Our Story Of Christmas' festive programme, which it says offers events, activities and thrilling things to do for all the family.

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