Town centre tree is the ‘biggest to grace the town centre’

Christmas tree handover
Christmas tree handover

The biggest tree ‘ever to grace the town centre’ has been lifted into position and decorated, with an official handover taking place this morning.

The 32-foot-high Nordman Fir, situated near the Ingram Memorial, is one of the oldest (50 years) and tallest grown by Christmas tree specialists at Doddington Hall, near Lincoln.

The tree is an annual gift to the town from the Port of Boston and a special light display has been sponsored by Boston’s Magnadata Group.

The tree was selected by Duncan Hollingworth and Kristina West, of Boston Borough Council’s town centre services team.

Mr Hollingworth said: “We have the best tree they had. It’s in fantastic condition and a beautiful shape and should last well throughout the entire Christmas period.”

The lights will go on from staging near the Ingram Memorial at 6.30pm, but the borough council’s Christmas event, including a craft market, takes place from 2-9pm.

The tree arrived on a low loader in the Market Place early on Friday morning and was lifted into position over the Ingram Memorial railings by a crane.

A spokesman said: “It is the biggest Christmas tree to ever grace the town centre and is the annual Christmas present to the town from the Port Of Boston.

A six-foot-deep well, especially constructed to accommodate the annual Christmas tree, had been pre-prepared by Kier Construction.

The spokesman added: “The entire early-morning operation went smoothly and was complete before the town centre began to wake up for the day.”

The official switch-on will be at 6.30pm on Thursday, November 27.

Pictured above: Port of Boston director Andy Lawrence, right, hands over the town Christmas tree to Coun Carol Taylor and Steve Lumb.