Village Christmas tree branded ‘giant twig’ in festive row

Coun Jeff Milburn is unhappy with the Christmas Tree in Cleadon Village
Coun Jeff Milburn is unhappy with the Christmas Tree in Cleadon Village
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TWO Christmas trees have heralded a winter of discontent for one village councillor.

Coun Jeff Milburn says the tree which has been placed in Cleadon Village’s Front Street, is like a “giant twig”.

He has also branded East Boldon’s festive offering as the borough’s version of Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa.

He said: “Already I have had 25 phone calls from residents complaining about the trees.

“The one in Cleadon Village especially is a joke.

“It’s just like a giant twig, the stingiest tree I’ve ever seen.”

He added: “We’d have been better off without one. It would have been less insulting.”

The lights on both of the firs, which are provided by South Tyneside Council, will be officially turned on by X Factor winner Joe McElderry during Saturday’s official ‘switch on’ of the Christmas decorations in King Street, South Shields, at 4pm on Saturday. While the Conservative councillor, who represents the two villages, admits East Boldon’s tree is slightly better, he is dismayed that it’s wonky.

Coun Milburn said: “At least this one looks a bit healthier, but we’re in South Tyneside, not Italy, we don’t have the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

“I don’t understand why it’s so hard to get two nice trees and place them upright.

“For years now we always seem to have got substandard trees and lights, while the rest of the borough looks all festive and nicely decorated.”

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 this week, officers visited the Cleadon site and replaced it within hours.”

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