Gosport residents laugh after Christmas tree is installed in a crooked corner

It’s the leaning tree of Hampshire! Gosport residents are in a fit of laughter after contractors battling Storm Arwen abandon the town’s Christmas tree installed in a shaky corner

  • Christmas tree caused residents to go hysterical after it was installed in a crooked corner
  • Gosport Borough Council brought tree replacement after the original was damaged
  • Tree appeared to mimic the Leaning Tower of Pisa due to storm Arwen over the weekend



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A Christmas tree that has been compared to the Leaning Tower of Pisa has made residents hysterical after it was installed in a shaky corner in Storm Arwen.

The tree, covered in blue and white lights with red baubles, has gone viral on social media after residents of Gosport, Hampshire, saw it standing ’tilted’ and compared it to the free-standing clock tower in Italy.

Gosport Borough Council replaced the original tree after it was damaged in transit and said the festive fir has since been ‘straightened’.

The wobbly Christmas tree in Gosport, Hampshire (pictured)

The Leaning Tower of Pisa (photo)

The Leaning Tower of Pisa (photo)

A Christmas tree in Gosport, Hampshire (pictured left) has been compared to the Leaning Tower of Pisa (right) after being tilted into Storm Arwen

Graham Burgess, leader of the council, said, “I believe the tree was straight.

“I was told it was skewed, the contractors were coming back — I know they were doing things with it.

“We have delivered again in the sense of providing Christmas decorations despite the current situation we are in with the pandemic.”

Jan Richardson, who lives in the area, said she saw it being put down by contractors as storms blew due to Storm Arwen.

She said, “I saw the tree being taken off the truck the other day and they had a terrible time with the wind.”

The installation of the festive decorations did not go smoothly, as the city’s first tree was damaged in transit.

Like many areas in the UK, Gosport has canceled Christmas lights on this Saturday due to the storm that swept across the country, leaving thousands of days without power.

Gosport Borough Council replaced the original tree after it was damaged in transit and said the festive spruce has since been 'straightened'

Gosport Borough Council replaced the original tree after it was damaged in transit and said the festive spruce has since been 'straightened'

Gosport Borough Council replaced the original tree after it was damaged in transit and said the festive spruce has since been ‘straightened’

On the Gosport Aware Facebook group, one user said: ‘How come there are beautiful trees everywhere else, but Gosport looks like it’s only half a tree and the best part has gone elsewhere. It would be better if they didn’t bother.’

Another added: “Embarrassing.”

Another user said: ‘I’m sorry to say but the Christmas tree looks absolutely awful, total disappointment.’

Gosport Borough Council posted the straightened tree on their Facebook page amid disappointment that they had to cancel switching on the Christmas lights due to the windy conditions of Storm Arwen.

The Christmas tree (pictured) was blown up by Gosport residents on social media, who said it would be better if the council 'didn't bother'

The Christmas tree (pictured) was blown up by Gosport residents on social media, who said it would be better if the council 'didn't bother'

The Christmas tree (pictured) was blown up by Gosport residents on social media, who said it would be better if the council ‘didn’t bother’

At the time they said: ‘We are very sorry but due to the forecast of dangerously high winds we have had to cancel tomorrow’s celebratory events at Gosport High Street.

As Storm Arwen approaches, local wind gusts of around 80 km/h have been forecast – strong enough to destroy tents and stage structures and endanger nearby people. We have had to put safety first.’

They put up the permanent Christmas tree and added: ‘Amid the disappointment of having to cancel tomorrow’s Christmas lights, here’s a happy celebratory photo of our Gosport High Street tree.’

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