Reports of Leeds Christmas tree’s demise greatly exaggerated

The Salvation Army band at the Beeston Christmas lights switch on. Picture: Jeremy Morton
The Salvation Army band at the Beeston Christmas lights switch on. Picture: Jeremy Morton
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Concerns vandals attacked a community Christmas tree were unfounded, it has emerged – after about 200 people saw the replacement tree’s lights switched on.

Crowds turned up to sing carols and listen to the Salvation Army brass band opposite the Co-op shop off Old Lane in Beeston on Thursday night.

The tree was attacked overnight on Sunday

The tree was attacked overnight on Sunday

A new tree had been installed at the spot after the original tree was destroyed last weekend.

Officials initially said the tree had been wrecked by vandals and the lights had been stolen.

But Coun Angela Gabriel told the crowds the damage was in fact caused by strong winds. The lights had been removed legitimately.

Free hot dogs and burgers were given out, as well as mince pies donated by the Co-op, and about £100 was collected for the Salvation Army.

Coun Gabriel said: “It was a really positive event and it was good news that the first tree had not been vandalised.”

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