There’s been a mixed reaction on social media to Peterborough’s new Christmas tree.
It cost £40,000, is 10 metres tall and made up of baubles.
It’s due to be switched on tomorrow by the city’s Olympic gymnast Louis Smith.
The city council’s been defending the choice.
Below is their statement to us here at Connect FM:
“Like all decorations the city’s new Christmas tree will look at it’s 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.
“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. Some of this will be invested in new decorations in the coming years”