UK town ashamed of ’embarrassing’ decorations as locals rally to save Christmas

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Residents have been left "embarrassed" by the paltry decorations around their town in Liverpool and said their Christmas tree has been "put to shame" by neighbouring areas.

Locals living in St Helens, Merseyside said they are disappointed by the town's lack of festivities which they can usually boast about every year.

But this year, they said they are "ashamed" by the town's Christmas display, with some even suggesting they take matters into their own hands and not let it "sink without a fight".

It comes around the same time that the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree was mocked by disappointed Londoners this week.

The 20ft tree left passers-by underwhelmed, given its proud history which has seen one shipped from Norway to London every year since 1947.

But visitors said the iconic tree looked "flea-ridden" and even questioned whether "Norway hate us now" due to its shocking state.

Similarly in St Helens, residents have been in despair over their town's aesthetic, reports the Liverpool Echo.

One resident said on Facebook: "It's embarrassing compared to other places."

While another said: "I went to Warrington this week and theirs are superb, really Christmassy puts ours to shame"

Resident Yvonne Godbold said she is "fed up" with St Helens Borough Council being blamed for the lack of decorations and said it is time for the community to step up.

"It's not fair that people have to suffer so much with lack of funding when we can all do something nice to show we care for our community," she said.

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"Christmas has been awful these last few years, it would show everyone in our town that we are not going to let it sink without a fight and give people a chance to show some love."

She also made the suggestion in another group, which saw her post receive hundreds of likes and nearly 80 comments, with many agreeing they should help.

St Helens Borough Council said they were meant to host a Christmas light switch on last week, but the event had to be postponed due to Storm Arwen.

A spokesperson for the council told Liverpool Echo: "Our Christmas lights in St Helens Town Centre have not yet been switched on and so residents will not be able to see the full effect until after this Thursday’s event.

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"We are delighted that our special guest Leah Bennett, Child of Courage winner from Pride of St Helens Awards will do the honours of switching on the lights for us this year."

The council went on to thank the community and a number of businesses who have contributed to the town's decorations.

They added: “This year the council has invested in more events and attractions for families, to encourage our residents into our town centres.

"And we have more attractions in the run-up to Christmas than ever before, with our new drive-in cinema showing festive favourites and a cosy, fire-lit tipi lodge on the Chalon Way site, Christmas crafts and ice rinks, carol performances, and visits from Santa and his reindeer in both St Helens and Earlestown town centres, as well as exciting line-ups at our switch-on events.”

Daily Star has contacted St Helens Council for comment.

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