CHRISTMAS joy has been restored in a South Tyneside village after its festive fir was replaced.
Local councillor Jeff Milburn was less than impressed with the ‘giant twig’ of a Christmas tree which was put up in the centre of Cleadon Village
The Tory was so miffed by how sparse the tree was that he complained to South Tyneside Council.
To his joy, workers came out on Wednesday and have now replaced the fir with a more luscious offering.
Coun Milburn, who represents Cleadon ann East Boldon, said: “I am so pleased that they came out and replaced the tree with a spare one.
“I had 25 residents complain about it. It really was just a giant twig,it looked half dead. In fact, it looked like something you see in a back lane at the end of January.
“This new one is so much better and I know the residents will be as pleased as I am.”
Coun Milburn was also concerned about the tree in East Boldon leaning to one side.
However, that too has been attended to and been made more vertical.
He added: “Next year the council will have get Tree Wise Men out to inspect all the firs before the public sees them.”
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: As part of this year’s festive display programme, we have installed 21 Christmas trees across the borough.
“Following some concerns raised, officers visited the Cleadon site and replaced the tree within hours.”