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Kingsbridge residents have rallied round after discovering that the town will not have an official Christmas tree this year.
Kingsbridge Town Council made the decision in June to not have the usual tree, placed at the edge of Quay House grounds next to the town square, due to previous trees being “underwhelming” and that the location was “not a focal point”.
They recommended that there “should not be a Christmas Tree for 2021/22 and for no alternative”.
Samantha Dennis, a member of the Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas committee, posted on social media: “Here I am trying to arrange the ‘Christmas Lights Switch On’ for Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas and I can't help feeling sad that there won't be a Christmas Tree with lights to switch on.
“We've invited Crunchy Carrot to bring along his snow machine, Father Christmas and his elves, plus all of you to join us. With or without a Christmas Tree, Kingsbridge WILL Celebrate Christmas on Saturday, 4 December - do come along and join us!”
She received a flood of responses from people who were upset that there wasn’t going to be a tree this year, with many people agreeing that the ‘usual’ place wasn’t the best location, but bemoaning the fact that no alternative was considered.
Within a couple of hours so many people had offered to pay for one, old locations were pointed out and talks were in the works with South Hams District Council to see if one could be erected in the town square, so Christmas might be saved after all!
We have contacted Kingsbridge Town Council for a further comment and we will update this story as soon as we receive a response.
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