Cirencester residents criticise size of town's Christmas tree

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester residents criticise size of town's Christmas tree Cirencester residents criticise size of town's Christmas tree

PEOPLE of Cirencester have proved that size definitely does matter, especially when it comes to the town’s Christmas tree.

A number of disgruntled residents have noticed that the tree, located in the centre of Cirencester’s Market Place, is looking remarkably smaller than it has been in recent years.

Many took to social networking sites to air their grievances about the town’s festive shortcomings.

One user called the tree an “embarrassment” and wrote: “So come on, who shrunk the Christmas tree in the Market Place? The thing is getting smaller every year.”

While another wrote: “It’s a shame to see the Christmas tree in the Market Place is following in the footsteps of Cadbury’s Creme Eggs – getting smaller every year.”

The Standard investigated the claims that the tree was shrinking and can reveal that an accident in transit caused it to be substantially smaller.

The town’s Deputy Mayor, Mark Harris said: “I do understand that the tree is about five feet shorter than it normally is. When it was delivered, we discovered that it had quite a large nick in it.

“What’s been done is, rather than dump the whole thing, the Town Council have cut it down from where the nick was.”

It was originally thought that a lack in funding might be the reason for the tree’s size following a tweet from Mayor Joe Harris to one unhappy resident, which said: “If you’d like to make a donation, perhaps we could buy a larger one.”

However, Cllr Harris Sr said that it is the public’s right to air their grievances about public services.

He said: “I don’t think that they really are criticising the tree. But it is their job to question and it is our job to provide answers.”

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12:37pm Fri 6 Dec 13

andrew.carpenter says...

Given the very strong winds we've had lately, and the fact it has blown over in previous years, the shorter tree seems to have held up well. I say the tree is plenty big enough. It's certainly bigger than the one in my house.
Given the very strong winds we've had lately, and the fact it has blown over in previous years, the shorter tree seems to have held up well. I say the tree is plenty big enough. It's certainly bigger than the one in my house. andrew.carpenter

9:06am Sat 7 Dec 13

Made of stone says...

I moved out of Cirencester a few years ago but still drive through and visit regularly. My work takes me to many places all over the country and, believe me, the residents of Cirencester should count themselves very fortunate, as I think the Chrismas lights look really nice and a whole lot classier than those in a lot of towns of comparable size. Those that are complaining really should focus their efforts into something more positive!
I moved out of Cirencester a few years ago but still drive through and visit regularly. My work takes me to many places all over the country and, believe me, the residents of Cirencester should count themselves very fortunate, as I think the Chrismas lights look really nice and a whole lot classier than those in a lot of towns of comparable size. Those that are complaining really should focus their efforts into something more positive! Made of stone

10:01am Sat 7 Dec 13

Geoff66 says...

Why are we just moaning about the diminutive size of the Christmas tree when the rest of our decorations are just as appalling. It looks like Cirencester has decided not to bother this year.
The Town Council should be ashamed....and why would tourists and visitors even want to consider coming to Cirencester for Christmas visit, yet alone to buy their presents and Christmas bits?? Once again Cirencester is a let down.
Why are we just moaning about the diminutive size of the Christmas tree when the rest of our decorations are just as appalling. It looks like Cirencester has decided not to bother this year. The Town Council should be ashamed....and why would tourists and visitors even want to consider coming to Cirencester for Christmas visit, yet alone to buy their presents and Christmas bits?? Once again Cirencester is a let down. Geoff66

10:48am Mon 9 Dec 13

cirencabbie says...

It all looks really good this year - understated and classy - what would they prefer: the power -sapping tacky displays seen on some houses?
It all looks really good this year - understated and classy - what would they prefer: the power -sapping tacky displays seen on some houses? cirencabbie

8:00am Tue 10 Dec 13

Bert Wilkins says...

I'm not bothered one jot about the size of the tree, I do notice that young Joe is settling into the job and losing the manners and good grace I thought he had, with snidey comments to interested parties.
Pressures of office become too much for a teenage bar man it seems.
I'm not bothered one jot about the size of the tree, I do notice that young Joe is settling into the job and losing the manners and good grace I thought he had, with snidey comments to interested parties. Pressures of office become too much for a teenage bar man it seems. Bert Wilkins

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