That’s just not the spirit of Christmas
A family-run business based in Cambuslang has found itself in the middle of a bizarre Christmas tree turf war.
Elfy Trees staff have been left bemused by vandalism to their adverts around the town, with someone seemingly targeting the contact details for the business.
One banner on Bridge Street has been defaced while another has been stolen altogether.
Donna Stevenson (42), who runs the business with her husband, Jim, reckons they are being targeted by one of their many competitors in Gl a s g ow and Sou t h Lanarkshire.
She said: “It seems someone is getting annoyed.
“We dress as elves at the shop and then deliver the trees dressed as elves to make the experience a bit more magical, so maybe someone doesn’t like that.
“We don’t have any proof, but it seems very targeted. If it was just kids, why would they very specifically scrub out our contact details?
“We haven’t contacted the police because it won’t be a big deal to them. Hopefully the res t o f our banners stay up and untouched.”
Donna and Jim started Elfy Trees three years ago from their Urban Frescco base on Johnson Drive.
Jim (46) moved into the base after he left the military following a 22 year career.
The couple offered their base as a temporary drop- off for the local foodbank and also provide trees for the Maggie’s Centre in Monklands.
This year they are also raising funds for charity Soldiers Off The Street.
Donna said: “We believe we have been blessed in life and want to give a little back to help others who are less fortunate.”
And she had a defiant message for those responsible for the vandalism: “Since we posted about the vandalism on Facebook we have been chokka. “We’ve had 40 extra likes on Facebook and sales are through the roof while the comments we’re receiving are all very positive.
“I believe good always comes from bad. But it’s not right something like this should have happened.”
Glum Unhappy elves Donna and Jimmy Stevenson with their vandalised sign