Grey­stones Christ­mas­tree van­dalised

De­cem­ber 1984

Bray People - - NEWS -

GREY­STONES Christ­mas tree has al­ready been van­dalised.

The warn­ings of the pes­simists who said that the lo­cal gur­ri­ers wouldn’t be able to keep their hands off it have sadly proven true.

The tree with its 36 lights was of­fi­cially turned on last week by Grey­stones Town Com­mis­sion­ers.

Wick­low County Coun­cil had pro­vided the tree, the lights and the labour to erect it out­side the sta­tion where it could be en­joyed by all.

A much big­ger crowd turned out for that oc­ca­sion on a wet night than was ex­pected and since then many peo­ple have said what a good idea this was.

How­ever twelve bulbs had to be re­placed on the first night and by Satur­day night it was com­plete lights out.

Louis Bren­nan Town Clerk said that 36 new bulbs have been pur­chased and they will try to keep the tree go­ing up to Christ­mas, but after that it would be hard to jus­tify the spend­ing of the pub­lic money.

He said the coun­cil would cer­tainly have sec­ond thoughts about spend­ing money to beau­tify Grey­stones.

Not alone had they un­screwed the bulbs but the thieves pulled the branches and the cable down to their height.

He said there was some dan­ger for those who did this.

Mr Bren­nan was also crit­i­cal of the par­ents in Grey­stones.

They must re­alise if their chil­dren came home with coloured bulbs of full size to light up their Christ­mas par­ties there was a strong like­li­hood they had not been pur­chased.

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