Pub landlords put up real Christmas tree on Stockton High Street close by "Britain's worst."

The Northern Echo: Ridiculed: Stockton's 'cone' tree Ridiculed: Stockton's 'cone' tree

PUB landlords have attempted to restore their town's festive spirit by erecting a 15ft real Christmas tree on their town High Street close to “Britain’s worst tree.”

A 20ft white cone on Stockton High Street has been ridiculed as the worst in the country in the media and on social networking websites.

So father-and-son landlord team Graham and Craig Harker, who run The George, on the High Street, bought a tree for the town.

The pair, who did not obtain permission to put up the tree on the highway, paid for the tree and the decorations and children helped decorate it.

Graham Harker said: “It’s been talked about a lot and we were getting sick of the negative comments about our town. To be honest that triangle thing is abysmal and we thought let’s do something about it.”

Asked about getting permission from the council to erect the tree, Mr Harker said: “I can’t see it being a problem, really that street belongs to all of the people of Stockton and we want a nice tree.”

It has emerged the cone was gifted to the town by developers working on multi-million improvements to the High Street. There are real Christmas trees in the town in nearby Wellington Square, Castlegate Centre and The Shambles.

Craig Harker said online: “The Wellington Square tree is amazing. We are simply putting one up on the High Street for the many visitors who pass by. We hope you all like it, anyway, and Merry Christmas.”

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7:05pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Snilly says...

It has emerged the cone was gifted to the town by developers working on multi-million improvements to the High Street.

By Who "The Grinch Development Co?"

Thank you and a MERRY CHRISTMAS too Graham and Craig Harker, who run The George for helping to put right a wrong.
It has emerged the cone was gifted to the town by developers working on multi-million improvements to the High Street. By Who "The Grinch Development Co?" Thank you and a MERRY CHRISTMAS too Graham and Craig Harker, who run The George for helping to put right a wrong. Snilly

7:14pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Mr A says...

Graham Harker said: “It’s been talked about a lot and we were getting sick of the negative comments about our town. To be honest that triangle thing is abysmal and we thought let’s do something about it.”

WELL DONE & THANK YOU.


Developers have a multi million £££ deal and leave us to be laughed at world wide over the internet for having “Britain’s worst tree.”
Graham Harker said: “It’s been talked about a lot and we were getting sick of the negative comments about our town. To be honest that triangle thing is abysmal and we thought let’s do something about it.” WELL DONE & THANK YOU. Developers have a multi million £££ deal and leave us to be laughed at world wide over the internet for having “Britain’s worst tree.” Mr A

7:22pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Davy Crocket says...

How incompetent is Stockton Council for allowing this hideous thing to be displayed in public. what a laughing stock ...
How incompetent is Stockton Council for allowing this hideous thing to be displayed in public. what a laughing stock ... Davy Crocket

7:23pm Sun 8 Dec 13

nigel d says...

Sense at last, welldone
Sense at last, welldone nigel d

8:06am Mon 9 Dec 13

stone-rose says...

Wizard of Oz can get his hat back now.
Wizard of Oz can get his hat back now. stone-rose

10:32am Mon 9 Dec 13

cushybutterfield says...

Its a fair bet that Britains *** worst tree* was '**** MADE IN CHINA,' unfortunately 8O per cent plus of British........... Childrens cheap shoddy plastic rubbish so called TOYS are ALSO ********MADE IN CHINA. Britain manufacturers and produces next to nothing now, apart from 'welfare and benefit' 'British Nanny state scrougers', thanks t marxist Trade Unions.
Its a fair bet that Britains *** worst tree* was '**** MADE IN CHINA,' unfortunately 8O per cent plus of British........... Childrens cheap shoddy plastic rubbish so called TOYS are ALSO ********MADE IN CHINA. Britain manufacturers and produces next to nothing now, apart from 'welfare and benefit' 'British Nanny state scrougers', thanks t marxist Trade Unions. cushybutterfield

10:34am Mon 9 Dec 13

cushybutterfield says...

At least its a proper not arfificial Christmas Tree and a ****Merry Christmas to ****** 'Scrooge' and all.
At least its a proper not arfificial Christmas Tree and a ****Merry Christmas to ****** 'Scrooge' and all. cushybutterfield

2:02pm Mon 9 Dec 13

hogworth says...

Have since heard that Stockton Council has removed the proper tree on the grounds of health and safety! If this is true it's a **** disgrace and shows that they were embarrassed over the witches hat tree they supported.
Have since heard that Stockton Council has removed the proper tree on the grounds of health and safety! If this is true it's a **** disgrace and shows that they were embarrassed over the witches hat tree they supported. hogworth

4:34pm Tue 10 Dec 13

cushybutterfield says...

Hogworth...if Stockton Council have moved the proper Christmas Tree it will be down to both 'Europeon Union and Council politically brainwashed negative mentality. 'Olde Egland and Britain' has been well and truely shafted and highjacked by corrupt EU so called law. They can remove Christmas Trees at a 'blink of a Christmas light' but cannot remove and deport convicted Murderers, Muggers and Rapists walking British Streets because of the perverse corrupt Europeon Human,... so called Rights Act.
Hogworth...if Stockton Council have moved the proper Christmas Tree it will be down to both 'Europeon Union and Council politically brainwashed negative mentality. 'Olde Egland and Britain' has been well and truely shafted and highjacked by corrupt EU so called law. They can remove Christmas Trees at a 'blink of a Christmas light' but cannot remove and deport convicted Murderers, Muggers and Rapists walking British Streets because of the perverse corrupt Europeon Human,... so called Rights Act. cushybutterfield

7:42pm Tue 10 Dec 13

spragger says...

Someone should bomb the whole area

Stockton Council should be arrested for crimes against taxpayers

Its the shitehole of the UK
Someone should bomb the whole area Stockton Council should be arrested for crimes against taxpayers Its the shitehole of the UK spragger

9:30pm Tue 10 Dec 13

stuwalker says...

spragger T.I.T.
spragger T.I.T. stuwalker

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