Christ­mas goat ablaze

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

STOCK­HOLM: A 13m high straw Christ­mas goat went up in flames yes­ter­day in the Swedish town of Gavle, po­lice said.

It was not known who set light to the goat that was re­cently erected on a square in the town.

The tra­di­tion of erect­ing a gi­ant ver­sion of the tra­di­tional Swedish Christ­mas sym­bol dates to 1966, and at­tempts to set fire to it have an equally long his­tory. It has been burnt 28 times, first on New Year’s Eve in 1966.

The spon­sors of the goat said mild weather had pre­vented plans to douse the straw in water, which would have cre­ated a pro­tec­tive ice sheet. – Sapa-dpa

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