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Scrooge town lights only top third of Christmas tree

Spot anything wrong with this Christmas tree?

Residents have been left scratching their heads after wonderi..

By admin , in England , at December 4, 2018

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Spot anything wrong with this Christmas tree?

Residents have been left scratching their heads after wondering why only the top third had lights on.

Some thought there was a fault with the lights, whilst others were in the hope that it was still a work in progress, thinking it was half finished.

Others questioned what the giant spider web was all about, referring to the netting around the tree to enhance the effect of the lights.

A view of the Christmas tree in Faversham, Kent, as volunteers have decided to only light the top of the tree in a bid to stop the tree being damaged by anti-social behaviour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 3, 2018. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Only the top half of the Christmas tree has lights on it (Picture: PA)

However Nathan Iliffe, a member of Favershams Christmas lights committee, the group responsible for the lights, said they made the decision not to light up the bottom of the tree to prevent louts and yobbos from damaging it.

He said: We would love nothing more than to cover the tree in lights but unfortunately some residents of Faversham cannot be trusted.

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In the past we have had the tree vandalised. Already this year we have had one report of vandalism.

The purpose of the netting is to give a great light effect on the part of the tree that we can decorate, out of the reach of any potential vandals.

In short, blame, a small but effective number of Faversham residents for the lack of lights on the tree.

A view of the Christmas tree in Faversham, Kent, as volunteers have decided to only light the top of the tree in a bid to stop the tree being damaged by anti-social behaviour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 3, 2018. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Volunteers decided to only light the top of the tree in a bid to stop the tree being damaged by anti-social behaviour (Picture: PA)

Mum Sarah Mayle said: I took my daughter to watch the Christmas tree light switch on and after the much-anticipated countdown we were surprised when the tree was only half lit at the top.

We thought there must be a problem with the lights or that it was part of the build up to create more excitement.

But it seems it will only ever be half lit. It looks half-finished which is a shame when the rest of the towns lights look so lovely.

Its not easy to explain to my two-year-old daughter why the bottom half of the tree is bare.

A view of the Christmas tree in Faversham, Kent, as volunteers have decided to only light the top of the tree in a bid to stop the tree being damaged by anti-social behaviour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 3, 2018. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Some residents described the tree as looking half-finished (Picture: PA)

Mr Iliffe described the situation as awful and incredibly frustrating.

He added: Every year when we come to do the tree we would love to do more with it. There is CCTV on the Market Place but its hardly worth doing anything with it. It doesnt work as a deterrent.

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Often other towns fence their trees so you cant get close to them. We cant do that in Faversham due to the traffic passing through.

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