STANDING TALL: Newcastle Christmas tree saved after Storm Arwen
Newcastle city centre's Bergen tree standing again after suffering damage during Storm Arwen, Image: LDRS
Newcastle city centre’s Christmas tree is standing tall once again after suffering severe damage in Storm Arwen.
The tree came crashing down during the fierce winds over the weekend, collapsing after the base of its trunk snapped.
Sad pictures on Saturday morning showed the broken evergreen lying on its side outside Newcastle Civic Centre.
But by Monday lunchtime it was back up again in Barras Bridge, after council staff managed to salvage it.
Local authority workers took a chainsaw to the fallen tree to remove the section of its trunk that splintered in the 90mph gale, before managing to stand it upright once again.
The tree, which is not yet decorated and is due to be lit up on Thursday night, is an annual gift to Newcastle from the Norwegian city of Bergen as a symbol of goodwill and gratitude for support and friendship during the Second World War.
A council spokesperson said: “Due to high winds during Storm Arwen, the Bergen tree snapped sometime between late Friday night and Saturday morning.
“Our tree experts, who have worked incredibly hard over the last few days, have inspected it and managed to save it by removing the damaged section of the trunk and re-inserting it back into the ground.
“It will now be dressed with lights and switched on online this Thursday, December 2.”
Thursday night’s lights switch-on will be streamed on the council’s social media channels, rather than being a mass in-person event.
Words: Daniel Holland, Local Democracy Reporter
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