No more tree lights if thefts continue
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.”