05 December 2019 12:41
LONDON'S huge Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square needs a spruce up, people reckon. The 72ft evergreen is an annual present from Norway to Britain. Trafalgar Square's Christmas tree has been slammed by Twitter users for its 'anaemic and embarrassing' appearance Credit: PA:Press Association Norway's spruced up Trafalgar Square Christmas tree in 2010 Credit: Darren Cooper But this year's gift has been slammed as "anaemic" and "a bit sparse" by net trolls. One social media user said: "As a Norwegian Brit, I'm truly embarrassed... Another person tweeted: "The Trafalgar tree's looking a bit sparse this year...
Who upset Norway then? Come on, own up." Another added: "You look a bit thin. You been dieting?" A Westminster council spokesman said before tonight's lights switch-on: "It's a shame people have to always be so negative." MOST READ IN UK NEWS XMAS SPIRIT Woman held for train 'sex assault' had boasted about 'p**sing in mate's garden' 'GO BACK TO SCHOOL' Jeremy Clarkson tells 'mad and dangerous' Greta Thunberg to 'shut up' Exclusive 'THIS IS FOR US' Brother of slain war hero breaks down as he becomes a paratrooper too GET YOUR BOOTS ON Ever wondered how the Wellington boot got its name? BRR-ITAIN Temperatures 'to plunge to -10C over next 2 weeks' as UK engulfed by freezing fog HIT AND RUN TRAGEDY Heavily pregnant cyclist loses baby after being seriously hurt in crash "I don't know what people expect a 90-year-old 72ft tree to look like, but it is going to be different from a tree you have in your home. "The branches will be spaced out a bit more.
We hope that people will come and enjoy it when it is dressed and the lights are on." The lights will be switched on this Thursday and people are being encouraged to gather around the tree at 6pm. One Twitter user labelled the tree the 'most anaemic possible' Credit: Twitter Norwegian Brit 'Becky' said she was 'truly embarrassed' Credit: Twitter This Twitter user joked how the tree had been dieting Credit: Twitter The 72ft evergreen is an annual present from Norway to Britain Credit: PA:Press Association Lavishly decorated Christmas tree is estimated to be worth a staggering £12.5m and could be the world's most expensive It's enough to make a willow weep and a sycamore, well, sick. Ever since 1947 the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree has marked the start of the festive season, bringing peace, joy and happiness to all mankind. This year however, it's all gone a little wrong. The traditional spruce, a gift to the British people from Norway as a thank you for our support during the Second World War, has attracted rather less joy - and all too much derision. This week the tree was erected in central London as normal, after an arduous journey from Oslo - only to attract utter scorn from passersby. On social media critics barked their dismay, leaving them pining for a spruced up alternative. Calum Mulligan, a parliamentary advisor, posted on Twitter that "the state of the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square this year [is the] most anaemic tree possible". He added: "Not sure what we did to upset the Norwegians but they seem to have saved their best and bushiest trees for everyone else." Another complainant posted: "If it were anymore sparse I'd call it a twig," while a third said: "You look a bit thin."