Teen Gets Town Christmas Tree

6 December 2014, 08:17 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

A Nottingham town is getting its own Christmas tree for the first time after a teenager wrote to the council saying it wasn't Christmassy enough.

14-year-old Bethany Lowe didn't think Gedling was Christmassy enough, so she wrote to the Brough Council asking for more lights.

Up until now Christmas trees and lights haven't been in the village, instead they've been in the borough's main shopping centres like Arnold, Netherfield and Mapperley.

Bethany talks to Capital about the lights

The Letter

Bethany wrote:

'I am just one of the many girls and boys in the village who love Christmas and enjoy seeing places looking as beautiful as possible.

'The lights make the time not only seasonal but warm when the nights are coldest and longest.

'Last year we only had a few light bulbs… it would be lovely to see Gedling brightened up with some more festive fairy lights and perhaps a Christmas tree to make Gedling more inviting and cheerful for the residents and visitors.'

The Response
Councillors have told Capital they were so impressed with Bethany's letter that they asked staff and other councillors to see if there was anything the Council could do to help bring more lights to Gedling village.

Councillor Jenny Hollingsworth said:

'Bethany wrote to me in October about the lack of Christmas decorations around the village. I was so impressed that she cared enough to write to me, I showed her letter to the Leader who was so impressed he set about getting a tree for the village.'

Bethany's turning on the lights tonight.