Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Embarrassment of Mottram Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree on the Market Place at Mottram in Longdendale was branded the worst in Britain when it was planted by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. Villager Emma Purcell created the Facebrook Group The Embarrassment of Mottram Christmas Tree as a place for members past and present of Mottram community to air their anger and views about the size and quality of the Christmas Tree, believing they deserved bigger and better! However once the anger had dissipated, "Twiggy", as it has come to be known, has kindled much community spirit.

A charity night was organised with entertainment in the nearby White Hart and carol singing on the Market Place raising money for Reuben's Retreat.

The Crown Pole in the background was originally erected in 1760 to commemorate the coronation of George III.

The village stocks in the foreground were moved here in the 1960s having been discovered during the building of the Hattersley estate.

Another view of the tree can be seen on Hyde DP Xtra.

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  1. Ha ha, that is one ugly looking Christmas tree.

  2. Wow, those stocks are a frightening reminder of times past! (perhaps NOT so much "the good ole days"!!). Looking at the tree from another perspective ...... how easily we get caught up in trying to impress others with "the biggest and best", be it Christmas trees or anything else. I'd rather applaud the fact that someone took the time to place a tree there and decorated it. Peace and joy to all.

  3. Fun tree! 'Different' always gets a lot of attention. Personally, I like it!

  4. Sorta looks like what we Americans call a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree ~ needs lots of love and attention ~ Great shot, though!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  5. 'Charlie Brown' would covet this tree.

  6. I thought the same as Carol and Birdman: Charlie Brown.

  7. Hilarious, whoever is responsible should be put in those stocks in the foreground ;-)