No more tree lights if thefts con­tinue

Strathearn Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

In the first 24 hours af­ter the Toc H Christ­mas Tree was erected in James Square, Cri­eff, a to­tal of 9/- was put in the box and lamps worth 25/- were stolen.

“If this con­tin­ues,” warns one mem­ber of Toc H, “there will be no Christ­mas tree next year. Last year we col­lected £7 to­wards the old folks’ party but had to spend £4 in new lamps. It’s just not eco­nomic.”

There are 120 light bulbs on the tree, which is do­nated by Lord An­caster, and thieves, who are really steal­ing from the old folk, for it is their party fund which is be­ing de­pleted, are steal­ing what they can reach up to a height of about six feet so it’s not just kids but grown men (per­haps with the men­tal­ity of kids) who are tak­ing the lamps.

Cri­eff shop­keep­ers have been urged to dis­re­gard the date cho­sen by Cri­eff Town Coun­cil as the 1968 au­tumn hol­i­day and to open for busi­ness as usual.

At the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of the Cri­eff Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion, held in the Green, the pres­i­dent Mr D Eggo, Ar­duthie, pointed out that the date cho­sen by the coun­cil for the au­tumn hol­i­day was the same day as the “Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day”, now termed the Au­tumn Bank Hol­i­day - Septem­ber 2.

Mrs Presslie, Glen­burn Ho­tel, found it hard to be­lieve the coun­cil would not con­sider the Tourist As­so­ci­a­tion. She said: “Af­ter all, it’s the town’s main in­dus­try.”

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