Town prepares for Christmas with a spectacular ‘hand-me-down’ £40,000 metal tree - a gift from Peterborough

PUBLISHED: 16:28 26 October 2020 | UPDATED: 16:41 26 October 2020

Wisbech prepares to welcome the new Christmas tree, a one-off special, that was donated to the town council by Peterborough City Council. The tree is being erected on the market place. Picture; KIM TAYLOR

Wisbech prepares to welcome the new Christmas tree, a one-off special, that was donated to the town council by Peterborough City Council. The tree is being erected on the market place. Picture; KIM TAYLOR

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A Christmas tree that Peterborough tired of was re-born in Wisbech today.

Wisbech prepares to welcome the new Christmas tree, a one-off special, that was donated to the town council by Peterborough City Council. The tree is being erected on the market place. Picture; KIM TAYLORWisbech prepares to welcome the new Christmas tree, a one-off special, that was donated to the town council by Peterborough City Council. The tree is being erected on the market place. Picture; KIM TAYLOR

The spectacular glass bauble tree is taking pride of place one end of the market place.

Mick Warden & Son brought their crane into action for an 8am start and were still working on its erection late this afternoon.

The tree had been a feature of Peterborough’s cathedral square for some years but this year the city council decided to revert to something more traditional.

The town council in Wisbech felt it would be ideally suited for the market place, and will be at one with a more traditional free at the other end.

Wisbech prepares to welcome the new Christmas tree, a one-off special, that was donated to the town council by Peterborough City Council. The tree is being erected on the market place. Picture; KIM TAYLOR Wisbech prepares to welcome the new Christmas tree, a one-off special, that was donated to the town council by Peterborough City Council. The tree is being erected on the market place. Picture; KIM TAYLOR

Town council leader Samantha Hoy persuaded her council colleagues in Peterborough to have it as a gift and it has been stored locally since the beginning of the year.

The £40,000 metal tree was dropped by the city council after a four-year run following a controversy which likened it, unkindly, by residents to bubble wrap and baubles.

Last year the city put it in storage, spent £6,200 on a real 40ft spruce, and away they went.

Peterborough's loss in Wisbech's gain as this spectacular - but controversial- Christmas tree is now owned by Wisbech Town Council. It will go one end of the market place - a more traditional tree will adorn the other. Picture; TERRY HARRIS Peterborough's loss in Wisbech's gain as this spectacular - but controversial- Christmas tree is now owned by Wisbech Town Council. It will go one end of the market place - a more traditional tree will adorn the other. Picture; TERRY HARRIS

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