Not so tree-mendous: 'Britain's worst' Christmas tree in Herne Bay replaced with 'ugly twin'
Workers putting new
lights on Herne Bay’s original Christmas tree (left) – before
it was replaced with a tree that "looks even worse"
A bungling council has removed a Christmas tree dubbed the worst
in Britain - and replaced it with another fir slammed as its
People in Herne Bay were left fuming and even booed when
the original tree was unveiled two weeks ago in front of a
Onlookers spontaneously broke into boos and jeers when the
anti-climactic lights - which barely covered the tree - flickered
But locals were left even more furious when the council decided
to replace the tree with another that "looks even worse".
The replacement came the day after local school children had
hung decorations they had made themselves on the tree.
"They replaced it with a tree that looks even worse or just as bad as the other..." – Karen Truelove
Karen Truelove, 25, who helps runs her family greengrocer, said
the new tree was "disgusting" and like the other's "ugly twin".
She said: "It is just shocking. I can't believe they have done
"The old tree looked bad, but some local school children had
been called in to decorate it and it was looking better.
"Then the council came and it took it down. They replaced it
with a tree that looks even worse or just as bad as the other.
"Some people say it looks like its ugly twin. It is a real shame
the tree is just bare at the moment. It is the children I feel
"They should have a beautiful tree to look at during the
"Also the school children must feel bad after they had just
Canterbury City Council spokesman Rob Davies said: "The council
agrees that the tree in Herne Bay this year is not good enough and
we have taken steps to install a new one.
"We also welcome the interest from the business community about
getting more involved in the lights in the future.
Bella Daly, nine, from
Reculver, was among those to decorate the tree
"The council's budget for lights across the district this year
is £56,000. Media reports of a higher amount are incorrect.
"The budget is the same as last year, and in these very
difficult financial times, we believe it is a significant
"We're currently looking at the way we fund and organise the
Christmas displays in future years.
"We are planning to purchase some new lights next year and to
work with town centre partnerships, businesses and community groups
to find new ways of delivering great Christmas lights despite
significant year-on-year reductions to the council's budget."
Town manager Chris West said: "Children from across the town
came to hang up their lovely decorations.
"We didn't want to cancel the event as many had planned it well
in advance and their decorations will be carefully moved to the new
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