RESOURCEFUL residents of a North-east town have created a spectacular Christmas tree out of bits of junk.
The men, from Laurencekirk, used an old street light and trampoline to fabricate an artificial tree that will hopefully withstand the harsh winter elements.
The town has had two tough Christmases due to stormy weather. The first resulted in the tree lights being damaged then, last year, the Christmas tree snapped in half.
In a bid to save Christmas this year, Ryan Arthur, Stuart Murray, Neil and Peter Reid, with fabricator Calum Rae decided to design and build a tree capable of making it through the worst of the weather.
The finished design can be seen shining on the town’s High Street outside the Masonic Hall.
Helen Reid, who is the mother of Neil and Peter, is also the co-ordinator of the Laurencekirk Christmas Lights.
She said putting the design together had taken months of planning.
Helen added: “They just sat down and thought about it.
“There had to be a pole for the middle, so they got a street light pole – that was the main crutch – and to put the whole thing together they used a trampoline as the base. Hooks were welded all the way around and they built a 3D star that is built on the top.
“Lights are put around the hooks all the way around, which double back up through the top.”
Helen said it is hoped the tree would be standing for many years to come.
She said: “We are hoping it will be quite sturdy and will be a fixture every year.”
Helen said residents were thrilled with their unique tree.
She said: “Everyone is delighted with the tree.
“There has been such a great response.
“The boys have done a wonderful job.
“Without their help, Laurencekirk would not have the wonderful display they have and surely will be the envy of many other larger communities.”