A Christmas tree decorated with dozens of garish bows and ribbons has been called a “monstrosity” by angry locals who claim it ruins the city’s upscale vibe.
Locals have condemned the tree – which was decorated by a local business owner – saying it does not match the upscale shopping town of Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire.
The tree was decorated by cafe owner Andrew Allen at the mayor’s request, but can barely be seen beneath dozens of bows, ribbons and garish decorations.
The Christmas tree (pictured) in Bradford-on-Avon town center has caused an uproar among locals
Cafe owner Andrew Allen, who decorated the tree (pictured), said he doesn’t mind if some people hate him
Many have dubbed it “blingy” and a “monstrosity”, with some claiming it looks “like a giant popper that blew up everywhere”.
James Vincent, a longtime Bradford resident, said: âI’ve never seen anything like it.
“There has always been a Christmas tree in Westbury Gardens and I thought they wanted everyone to have white lights in the city.”
Other disgruntled residents have expressed their anger on local websites.
One said: ‘I am fortunate to work in this charming, quintessentially British town and when I saw the tree earlier this week I couldn’t believe how great it looked. horrible and totally out of place.
âLooks like a giant popper has exploded all over the place. Please change the decoration before Friday. ‘
Steve Harman added: “The Christmas tree in Bradford-on-Avon – absolutely ghastly, looks like it was made by a committee of five year olds. Take off all the decorations and start over, with white lights on. only, in the traditional way. ‘
Louise Langdon wrote: “Looks like the wind picked up trash and blew and got stuck in the tree.”
In previous years, the Lions Club decorated the tree. But this year, its members were only responsible for erecting it.
The garish ribbons and bows on the tree (pictured) make it look like a ‘monstrosity’, locals say
In previous years the Lions Club decorated the tree (pictured), but this year they only erected it. In the photo, a close-up of its showy decorations
Mayor John Potter admitted decorations (pictured) may need to be toned down in the coming days given angry reactions from residents
Richard Bloom of the club said he was “stunned by the monstrosity”.
He added that when the club was in charge of the decorations, it took the advice of the Chamber of Commerce companies to adorn the trees with white lights.
Despite criticism, Mr. Allen, who has been asked to decorate the tree by the city’s mayor, John Potter, remains defiant.
He spent a day and a half working on the tree and said “a look” came into his head and he worked from there.
He added: âWe were sort of fighting against the light to finish the decorations at the top on Sunday, but so far we’ve had a lot of positive feedback because it’s kind of in your face.
“I think some people will love it and I don’t mind if some people hate it.”
Mr Potter described the tree as a “work of art” but admitted that, based on feedback from residents, it may need to be mitigated in the coming days.
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