A 10ft Christmas tree standing slightly taller than a phone box – which has been branded ‘underwhelming’ by locals – cost the council more than £1,000.
The tree has been erected in Grimsby, near Hull – which has a 45ft Christmas tree in the centre of its display.
Local Anne Jackson told GrimsbyLive: “This tree is underwhelming I have to say. It doesn’t get me in the Christmas spirit what so ever.”
North East Lincolnshire Council has confirmed the tree in one of Grimsby’s busiest shopping areas cost £1,152.
The tree has been partly funded by a £1,000 voucher won by the Council back in 2019 in a competition called “Revive and Thrive”.
It will be lit when all the Christmas lights are illuminated on Thursday, November 25.
A spokesperson for North East Lincolnshire Council said: “The tree in Riverhead Square has been bought with the £1000 voucher that Grimsby won in the “Revive and Thrive” competition held in 2019, where we were shortlisted to the final 10 entries.
“Additionally, a new ‘Fontaine’ illumination has been purchased using some money from the Government’s Welcome Back Fund. The town Christmas tree will be located in the recently completed St James Square.”
Grimsby resident Kelvin Clarke said: “It’s a little under dressed isn’t it?
“I would love to see it with more decorations, but I’m sure it looks good at night when it’s lit up.
“It is a step in the right direction, but I’d want something a bit larger to kick off Christmas in the town, I didn’t even realise it was there at first.”
Resident Jason Nielson said: “It’s nice that it has lights on it, but it is underwhelming.
“It could do with more decorations, some tinsel, baubles and maybe a topper would look great.”
In 2019, Grimsby’s main tree appeared to have died early on, with brown, drooping branches.
A gift from the people of Sortland in Norway, it was taken down following complaints and replaced.
The tree is no longer sent from abroad following that incident, due to concerns it could not withstand such a journey.