From Topic Pulse and the Guardian:
- A semi-lit, sparsely-decorated Christmas tree in West Yorkshire, England has earned the distinction of being "the worst in the north."
- The tree, which sits in Bailiff Bridge's town square, has grown too tall to safely decorate, says Jenny Lynn, a member of the Calderdale Council. Because the upper two-thirds of the tree "can't be reached by any maintenance vehicles," workers simply stopped decorating the tall pine about one-third of the way up, Lynn says.
- The result is "Elf and Safety gone mad," says resident George Robinson. "It is clear that it is the worst Christmas tree in the north," he says. "When I saw the tree, my heart went into my stomach, the Christmas spirit left my body. I was just left with a Scrooge-like feeling. The lights go a third of the way up the tree, there are two stray baubles on there, clearly a token gesture. In some ways, you wonder why the council bothered."
- Can you describe the saddest Christmas tree you've ever had?