Lights out and broken tree – where’s the festive spirit in Spalding?

Spalding trader Jon Coupland claims that South Holland District Council broke the top of the town centre's Christmas tree, supplied by Baytree Nurseries and Garden Centre, Weston, when they put Christmas lights on it.  Photo by Tim Wilson. ANL-160412-110551001.
Spalding trader Jon Coupland claims that South Holland District Council broke the top of the town centre's Christmas tree, supplied by Baytree Nurseries and Garden Centre, Weston, when they put Christmas lights on it. Photo by Tim Wilson. ANL-160412-110551001.

Spalding residents are asking what happened to town’s festive spirit with riverside tulip lights unlit for the first time in five years.

There’s more gloom in Hall Place as the tip of the Christmas tree donated by Baytree is broken.

The broken top of the Christmas tree in Hall Place, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG031216-200TW.

The broken top of the Christmas tree in Hall Place, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG031216-200TW.

Riverside resident Emma Steel asked the council why the tulips on London Road were unlit and says she was initially told they are the responsibility of Spalding Chamber of Commerce.

Emma said: “I love the tulip lights and I can see them from my house. I would like them to be on all year.”

Chamber president Phil Scarlett says although his group helped with the Christmas lights, including the tulips, for three years they were all handed back to the council late last year – and the tulips were lit last Christmas.

Yesterday (Wednesday) Emma again pressed the issue with the council and was told the timing clocks within the lampposts had “run out of life”.

I love the tulip lights and I can see them from my house - I would like them to be on all year

Emma Steel

She said the council would try to get them lit for next Christmas.

Emma, who lives in High Street, is inviting residents who love the tulips as much as she does to get in touch with the council and say so.

Market trader John Coupland said on Saturday the tip of the Christmas tree in Hall Place was broken when the lights were put on it.

A council spokesman said: “We are not aware of the broken top but will check this out.

“There is a technical issue with the tulip lights that we are working to resolve. At this moment we cannot give any assurances that the lights will be switched on this year.”

Mr Scarlett said: “It’s strange there should be a technical issue now when there hasn’t been for four years.”

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