Vandals damage village Christmas tree

Sewerby's Christmas tree.
Sewerby's Christmas tree.

A CHRISTMAS tree has been vandalised at the 
expense of the Bridlington tax payer within hours of it being erected and decorated.

The tree was installed in Sewerby last Thursday night courtesy of Bridlington Town Council, which forked out £2,000 to pay for brand new red, white and blue LED lights to decorate it.

But within hours, someone used what is believed to be a pair of pliers or wire cutters to cut the light cables several times – much to the disgust of the town mayor Coun Michael Charlesworth, who has branded such actions as mindless vandalism.

“I was pretty disgusted when I found out. It leaves you speechless really and you despair at the money that is spent on vandalism,” Coun Charlesworth said.

John Miller, secretary of the Sewerby Village Residents Association, said the incident had left them feeling “devastated”.

Margaret Proctor, of Sewerby Neighbourhood Watch and the residents association, said: “I feel disappointed really. We couldn’t believe it because we raise money for the village and try to beautify it and try to make it a pleasant place to live in and then somebody goes and does that.

“It’s a mystery, who would do such a thing to a Christmas tree? This is supposed to be a time of good will.”

This year the town council took the decision to use some of its budget to buy new Christmas tree lights for the three Bridlington ward areas of Kingsgate, Old Town and Sewerby at a total cost of £6,000.

At the time of going to press it was not yet known if it would be possible to repair the lights or if they would need to be replaced completely, all at the expense of the tax payer.

But it is hoped the lights will be back on the tree – which is situated on the green opposite the entrance to Sewerby Hall and Gardens – in time for next Tuesday night’s traditional Proclamation of Christmas event in Sewerby.

As part of the annual event pupils from Martongate Primary School and villagers gather around the tree, cheques are presented to three local charities and sweets are handed out to the children.

Police conducted door to door enquiries in the area on Tuesday and have now appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information about it to call 101 quoting crime reference number CW/1945303.