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Newry Christmas tree gets makeover after complaints it had been 'thrown up'

A Christmas tree in Co Down has been revamped after locals branded it "disgusting".

After a number of complaints by residents to local councillors, the tree was given a makeover.

A spokesperson for the council said: "Newry, Mourne and Down District Council confirms that it recently replaced the lights and improved the Christmas tree on Hill Street, Newry."

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© NewRayPics.com 11 Dec {ipt999cyear4} Northern Ireland Newry Christmas tree on Hill Street picture Newraypics.com

SDLP councillor, Gary Stokes had been contacted by an unimpressed local who said the tree appeared as if it had "been thrown up."

With only a handful of decorations and a few lights here and there, business owners and residents had labelled the tree "bland".

Images of the tree have since appeared across social media sites after it was erected on Hill Street last month.

Many called for it to be replaced. The tree also drew in strong criticism from ratepayer's who described it as laughable.

One resident had even commented: "Did Scrooge put this tree up?

"I mean get a grip Newry - dress it up or take it down."

Meanwhile, Downpatrick's Christmas tree also attracted unwanted attention after some residents questioned why part of the tree was left visibly bare while the rest was covered with festive lights.

Last month, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council was forced to remove its Christmas tree in Banbridge after it was branded among the worst in Northern Ireland, and was replaced with a better one.

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