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Market Hall Christmas tree decorated by borough primary pupils

The Accrington Market Team with Cllr Marlene Haworth with the tree
The Accrington Market Team with Cllr Marlene Haworth with the tree

A NEW 18-foot community Christmas tree has has been put up in the centre of Accrington’s historic Market Hall decorated by primary age schoolchildren in Hyndburn.

Some 37 local schools took part, with over 8,000 children each hanging a bauble provided by the borough's council.

Marlene Haworth, the authority's deputy leader of the council and town centres' boss, said: “We really wanted to celebrate the borough and its resilience this Christmas.

"The pandemic really hit us hard and threw up many challenges for businesses and residents alike.

"This diverse community of ours is represented in each bauble hanging on this beautiful centrepiece and we hope it will bring joy to all.”

Accrington Market Hall manager Sameena King said; “It warms my heart to know that the children of Hyndburn have took such care when decorating these baubles for all to see, we are so grateful to them all.

"I would like to thank the schools publicly for taking this work on in class time, it really has added a lot to the market this year.”

The tree will remain until the New Year.

The Christmas tree put up in Accrington Town Square near the market caused a social media storm of protest over its brown and dying branches near the base before it was pruned.