POLL: Peterborough’s ‘modern’ £40,000 Christmas Tree divides opinion

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A futuristic looking Christmas Tree which has appeared overnight in Peterborough’s Cathedral Square is dividing opinion.

While some like the modern design others are less convinced, one person suggsting it looks like a stack of huge Ferrero Roche or a giant balloon tree.

Peterborough Cathedral’s Canon Ian Black said: “It goes well with the giant rabbit outside John Lewis in Queensgate - doors look like eyes and the branches ears.”

But @Desktopgamer tweeted to say: “What on God’s holy earth is that supposed to be??” and James Richardson asked: “The question is; What will happen to it once the fountains are turned on?”

A Peterborough City Council spokesman said: “Like all decorations, the city’s new Christmas tree will look at its best once it’s lit up on Saturday at the switch-on event.

“This new contemporary tree stands at 10 metres tall and will be the focal point of the festive display on Cathedral Square.

What the Christmas Tree in Cathedral Square will look like when lit

What the Christmas Tree in Cathedral Square will look like when lit

“We continue to develop the city centre as a regional shopping destination and festive displays help to encourage visitors to our city and support local businesses and jobs.

“We hope that everyone can attend the Christmas Lights switch-on this Saturday with entertainment starting at midday and the big switch-on, with Louis Smith, at 5pm.

“Previously we hired much of the Cathedral Square display and last year cost approximately £80,000.

“The council owns the new tree which cost around £40,000. As it will last for at least five years this represents a significant saving to the council.”

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