JUST two days after Mid & East Antrim Borough Council said two Christmas Trees had been put in ‘error’ in Ballymena – and were set to be removed – a series of town centre Christmas lights and decorations have now been erected on streets.
In fact some of the lights are just a short distance away from The Braid Town Hall where the Christmas Tree was still in place on Sunday.
There is speculation the Trees could be removed on Monday.
‘Ballymena Daily’ has approached the Council for updates.
On Friday two Christmas Trees without lights were put up at the Town Hall and in Harryville.
However, within hours the Council then issued a statement on social media which said: ‘Two Christmas Trees were erected in Harryville and Ballymena today. This was an error on our part and they will be take down immediately.
‘These trees will not be in place in both locations until after Remembrance Sunday. We apologise for any offence caused within the community’.
In a message on social media on Friday afternoon, Ballymena DUP councillor John Carson had said: “As Veterans Champion for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council l was as shocked as anyone to see Christmas trees erected in Ballymena today.
“This was never passed in Council and it would appear someone has made a massive error as it is a rule in Council that they do not go up until after Remembrance Sunday.
“Cllr. Gregg McKeen DUP group leader has spoken to senior officers in council and we have been assured that trees will be removed immediately,” the councillor said.
On Saturday morning a series of cherry-pickers used to put up the Christmas street lights arrived in the town and work was carried out on Sunday in a number of town centre streets.