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Stafford shoppers won't let loss of tree ruin Christmas in the county town

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 23, 2013

By Robin Scott

  • Reader Richard Lakin sent us this pic of the replacement tree put in place by a mysterious donor

  • Reader Paul Milgate sent us this picture of workers removing the damaged tree

  • Reader Rod Kerr submitted these pictures of workers removing the damaged tree

  • Reader Rod Kerr submitted these pictures of workers removing the damaged tree

  • Workers marked the split on the tree caused by the high winds

  • Reader Rod Kerr submitted these pictures of workers removing the damaged tree

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FESTIVE shoppers in Stafford were dismayed to see the town’s Christmas tree being taken down by workman the weekend before Christmas.

Residents took to Twitter to express their feelings after noticing the tree had gone on Sunday morning.

Keep Our NHS Public @emerdale3 said: “On no! It looked beautiful as well, the best I have seen for years. #sad”

Rachie B (@rachie_b_83) said the Market Square without the tree was a ‘very sorry sight’.

A spokesman for Stafford Borough Council told the Newsletter high winds in the preceding days had caused a huge split down the trunk and the tree had been removed for safety reasons.

“It is disappointing because there have been so many comments about how wonderful the tree looked and people saying it was the best one we had ever had in Market Square, but the protection of the public has to be our primary concern,” he said. “We have tried to find a similar tree to replace it but, unfortunately as it is so near to Christmas Day, timing was obviously against us.”

But residents refused to let the removal of the tree put a damper on Christmas Spirits in the town and a mysterious donor had soon replaced the tree with a miniature replica.

Richard Lakin (@Lakinwords) tweeted: “I think the heavy raid has shrunk our tree.”

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