ANGRY residents have called on Stafford Borough Council to return a traditional nativity scene to its previous place in Market Square after it was moved to St Chad's Churchyard.
Anne Glover told the Newsletter she thought the new location for the festive feature was inappropriate.
But borough council bosses have defended the decision to relocate the scene saying they had received positive feedback about the move which had led to increasing numbers visiting the town centre church.
"What has happened to that really appropriate stable scene which used to be central in the Market Square?" said Mrs Glover. "Murmurs from neighbours mentioned that it is now behind a wall in a churchyard. How inappropriate is that?
"Is Christmas about Jesus Christ? He is and was, not about churchyards, but was always where people were, in the market places, aiming to teach us how to live and love.
"Please encourage whoever is responsible to put Christ back into Christmas."
A spokesman for Stafford Borough Council said: "St Chad's were delighted to have the nativity scene installed at the start of Advent and this has led to an increase in people visiting the church, which is what we hoped for at this holy time of year."People can now get closer to the display than before as the previous scene was behind railings," he said.
"We have received positive feedback about the new arrangements but we will take any comments on board."