RESIDENTS have branded this year's Christmas tree "ridiculous" and the town centre lights "embarrassing".

The town's Christmas lights were officially turned on the weekend as part of a Lights Switch On event, featuring a parade, music and entertainment from local acts, and The Greatest Show Performance.

However, it seems a number of people are less than impressed.

One despairing reader said: "Firstly it’s not a tree. The tree has a trunk, this doesn’t have a trunk. It’s technically a light covered cone. With an arch underneath it.

"It looks pretty ridiculous actually, why couldn’t we have had a traditional Christmas tree?"

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They added: "I have to say as a local blogger I find the Christmas lights offering rather embarrassing.

"The only part that looks relatively good is the part on the other side of the bandstand down what I call estate agents row towards Loyds Bank.

"Although the light installations on the lampposts don’t match consecutively."

Another called it a "strange looking dome Christmas tree."

While one resident simply said it's "Blooming awful".

However, not everyone dislikes it with many calling it brilliant, beautiful, and saying it makes a welcome change.

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