BALLYMENA’S controversial Christmas Trees are back.
There have been ups and downs for the local council ahead of December 25 this year.
The official town Christmas Tree – along with a counterpart in the nearby Harryville area of Ballymena were originally put up in October – 63 days before Christmas.
VIDEO (above): The official Town Tree was back in place on Friday morning. Video: Ballymena Daily
However, the Trees came down again three days later after Mid & East Antrim Borough Council said they had gone up in “error”.
VIDEO (above): The Harryville Tree back in place on Friday morning. Video: Ballymena Daily
At the time the Council 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, Ballymena DUP councillor John Carson had said at the time: “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.
Bannside Traditional Unionist Voice councillor Timothy Gaston said at the time: “What an absolute shambles.
“Every year they’re put in place around this time of the year.
“The only decision that was taken was to make sure the lights and trees were not lit before Remembrance Sunday.”
Now, after Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day on Wednesday the trees have gone back up on November 12.