'Britain's worst Christmas trees' leave locals baffled – as one town replaces spruce with bizzare skiing animals

BRITAIN'S 'worst' Christmas trees have left locals baffled up and down the country.

They include a sorry-looking pine in Felixstowe, a stack of crab and whelk boxes in Norfolk and bizarre skiing animals in Hampshire.

Alton in Hants is one of the towns being slammed for its spruces, after it erected two skiing marmots instead of a Christmas tree.

Marmots are large rodents typically found in mountainous areas like the Alps – and they hibernate during winter.

But council chiefs in Alton have unveiled the £8,400 animals – lit up by thousands of LEDs – for the second year running.

A spokeswoman for Alton Town Council said: "The Town Council had some serious thinking to do for Christmas 2020.

"Firstly, how do you top a 16ft high illuminated marmot?

"You get another one of course."

Locals are struggling to understand the decision, with on asking: "Can we have a Christmas tree this time and not a rat who is skiing?"

Another added: "These 'festive' creatures are nothing more than hideous rats."


Similar reactions were sparked in Felixstowe, Suffolk, with their sad-looking centrepiece dubbed the perfect disappointment for a Covid Christmas.

The 20ft evergreen is brown and withered and its barely-there baubles have left many unimpressed.

One said: "It looks pretty ropey. There are very few decorations and bits of it appear to be dead already.

"It probably looks better when it's dark and the lights are on but the rest of the time it's pretty sad-looking."

Another added: "It looks like the perfect tree for a Covid Christmas – not very healthy at all."

In Loughborough, residents are this year treated to several mini ferns stacked on top of each other, rather than one big one.

A disappointing shrub-like tree can also be found in Sunderland, while a sea-themed structure was built in Norfolk.

Workers at Wells-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coast stacked 121 crab and whelk pots into the shape of a tree – after the Covid pandemic stopped their usual decorations.

They decorated it with buoys and lifesaving rings and added lights and a sparkly star on top.

One delighted resident tweeted: “This could become a new tradition! Very apt for the area and it’s heritage. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

Another wrote: “Better than a real Christmas tree – celebrates port heritage and completely reusable. Should be there every Christmas.”

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