Town Hall Christmas Tree tumbled in Ballymena… 60 days BEFORE December 25!

CHRISTMAS TREE DING DONG ...All that remains at the site of the official Ballymena Christmas Tree after it was removed on Monday morning. It has been a controversial few days. Picture: Ballymena Daily.

THE official Ballymena Christmas Tree at The Braid Town Hall has been tumbled … 60 days AHEAD OF December 25!

A lorry moved in as daylight was breaking on Monday morning.

The removal of the Tree comes after Mid & East Antrim Borough Council said on Friday two Christmas Trees had been put in ‘error’ in Ballymena – and were set to be taken down.



A video of the moments the lorry and a crane moved in were shared on social media by Andrew Neilly (see above).

On Friday two Christmas Trees without lights were put up at the Town Hall and in Harryville.

PINING FOR CHRISTMAS? … How the official town Christmas Tree looked at 9am on Monday. Video: Ballymena Daily (see above).

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’.

The Tree being removed at The Braid Town Hall. Picture from video shared on social media by Andrew Neilly.


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.

IS THE CHRISTMAS TREE UP….OH YES IT IS! The Christmas Tree at The Braid Town Hall on Friday. Picture: Ballymena Daily.


“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.

IS THE CHRISTMAS TREE UP? OH NO IT ISN’T! … The remains of the Christmas Tree at The Braid Town Hall on Monday morning. Picture: Ballymena Daily.


“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.

NOW YOU SEE IT … The Harryville Christmas Tree on Friday evening. Picture: Ballymena Daily.


It is believed the additional cost of removing the trees was £300.

NOW YOU DON’T … The Christmas Tree in Harryville was removed on Monday morning. Picture: Ballymena Daily.


Bannside Traditional Unionist Voice councillor Timothy Gaston said: “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.”

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