Rothesay’s much-maligned Christmas tree will be taken down and replaced on Tuesday - only a few days after its lights were switched on.
The tree was put in place in the newly-redeveloped gardens on the corner of High Street and Montague Street at the end of November - but no sooner had its lights been switched on than local residents were queuing up to criticise its appearance.
The tree was buffeted by high winds on the morning of December 5 - a day of stormy weather which led to the cancellation of the switching-on ceremony later that day, at the request of police - and after reading the avalanche of negative comment online about the sorry state of both the tree and its lights, local councillors decided they had no alternative but to act.
On our Facebook page Christina Boyd said the tree was “a total mess”, while Zareya McGillivray described it as “embarrassing”, and Pat Defelice said of the lights: “It looks as if someone threw them on.”
The lights on the original tree were taken down on Monday, and Councillor Robert Macintyre told The Buteman the tree itself would be taken away and a new one, provided by the Bute Estate, put up on Tuesday.
“Considerable comment and representation were made to Bute’s three councillors last Friday after Thursday’s storm had badly damaged the recently installed Christmas tree in the new Montague Street gardens,” Cllr Macintyre said in a statement issued on Monday.
“After a quick conference by the three councillors, Cllr Scoullar contacted Billy Shields of Bute Estates who very generously offered to replace the stricken tree.
“I don’t know a thing about Facebook but there were considerable adverse comments about the tree and the fact that the lights were looking rather lopsided to say the least. We are very fortunate that Bute Estates provided another tree.
“Bute’s councillors would like to thank Billy Shields for his swift agreement to provide another tree.
“Hopefully by the time everyone reads The Buteman on Thursday a new tree will be standing proudly in the gardens.”