Essex

Clacton puts up 'splendid' Christmas tree after last year's labelled 'a twig'

Clacton's 2014 Christmas tree Image copyright Tendring District Council
Image caption This year's 30ft high Norwegian spruce has been decorated with twice as many lights as last year

A town which came in for criticism last year over its Christmas tree has made sure a "splendid specimen" is well-dressed for the 2014 festive season.

A 15ft (4.5m) tree displayed in Clacton, Essex in 2013 was labelled "a twig" by critics and replaced.

This year's effort, a 30ft (9m) high Norwegian spruce has been decorated with more than 8,000 LED lights - twice as many as last year.

Pictures of the tree shared on Facebook have been met with dozens of "likes".

Underneath an image of the spruce captioned "not a twig", one Facebook user wrote "First time lucky. Well done".

Image copyright TDC
Image caption Last year's original tree was labelled "a twig". It was replaced with the tree on the right a week later.

The tree was donated by the firm which is carrying out a coast defence scheme between Clacton and Holland-on-Sea.

Nick Turner, Tending District Council's cabinet member for environment and coast protection, described the tree as a "splendid specimen".

"It will remain in the town square until it is taken down in early January," he said.

"I am certain that shoppers and traders will see it as a vital part of the town's seasonal festivities."

Image copyright Tendring District Council
Image caption This year's tree was manoeuvred into position before being decorated with 8,000 lights

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