Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Twiggy at Mottram in Longdendale.


This Christmas tree on the Market Place at Mottram in Longdendale was branded the worst in Britain when it was planted by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. Villager Emma Purcell created the Facebrook Group The Embarrassment of Mottram Christmas Tree as a place for members past and present of Mottram community to air their anger and views about the size and quality of the Christmas Tree, believing they deserved bigger and better! However once the anger had dissipated, "Twiggy" as it has come to be known has brought the community together.

A charity night was organised with entertainment in the nearby White Hart and carol singing on the Market Place raising money for Reuben's Retreat.

The Crown Pole on the right was originally erected in 1760 to commemorate the coronation of George III.

In another response to the plight a larger tree was donated to the village by B&Q and has been installed outside the church of St Michael and All Angels on the hill.

For a time there was a Santa on one of the benches but he doesn't seem to have survived the ravages of the wet and windy weather.

Another view of the tree can be seen on Hyde Daily Photo.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Sponsored Xmas trees outside Hyde Town Hall


It used to be the tradition for a large Xmas tree to be placed outside Hyde Town Hall.

See how it looked in 1998, again in 2009 and the same tree covered in snow in January 2010.

Now though we have far fewer lights and the tree is in the Civic Square.


Recently, however, two new Christmas trees have replaced bushes on either side of the entrance to the Town Hall. One is sponsored by McDonalds and the other by KFC.

A wider view of the sponsored trees can be found on Hyde Daily Photo.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Hall Street (a.k.a. Scholes Street), Kingston


This cul-de-sac off Manchester Road is Hall Street. According to one of my twitter followers this was once known as Scholes Street. Now it leads to a private detached property. I imagine originally it would have been lined on both sides by terraced houses.

A view of the junction with Manchester Road is on Hyde Daily Photo.

A contribution to Ruby Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Hyde Civic Square Christmas Tree 2014


This is how the Christmas Tree in Hyde Civic Square looked on its arrival a few weeks ago.


Here is how it looked erected and fenced off this recent Saturday. The starlings seem to love it - see Hyde Daily Photo.
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