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Shaking hands on this year's Christmas tree for Spalding Town Centre




Final preparations are being made for this year's Christmas tree for Spalding's Town Centre.

Spalding Town Forum chairman and South Holland District Councillor Jack McLean has been in talks with Tallington Farm Christmas Trees, near Market Deeping, and says a tree has been picked out.

The town centre tree, for the last ten years, had been donated by Baytree Garden Centre at Weston, but last year was the final year Baytree was able to provide the tree.

Coun McLean said: "We have got a small amount that we are working with as our budget and we have relied solely on donations. Baytree for a long time has provided the tree.

"We have been looking for an alternative locally and Tallington Farm is very keen to be involved. We are just working out the technicalities of getting it here.

"It is a nice, dense Christmas tree."

The budget for the town's Christmas tree and decorations comes out of a 'special expenses' budget, with £750 earmarked and the cost of the tree lights negotiated with a contractor.

In the past, the district council has come under criticism for the overall effect of the Christmas tree in the town centre - but Coun McLean stressed that much of the work to enable the town to have a tree was done by volunteers.

"It costs the taxpayer absolutely nothing," he said. "I do not fancy requesting higher rate expenses for additional sparkles.

"There is always going to be criticism," he added.

"It is never about being the best display in Lincolnshire, but it is about doing the best we can with the budget."

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