The mystery of Ballymena's disappearing Christmas trees has been solved. Read on ...
It seems that a health and safety review discovered that the trunks of the trees were cracked and obviously posed a danger.
New trees will be on site soon.
Meanwhile, whatever way you look at it, Ballymena has scored a major publicity 'hit' with the decision to begin the Christmas season early!
News broadcasts which would normally have cost thousands of pounds have drawn attention to the town and its reputation for top class retail.
Whether you agree with the decision or not - you can't deny it's been a publicity coup for the town ... and there ain't no such thing as 'bad' publicity.
What's your view on the subject?
The local Ulster Unionist branch has already pointed out that the tree has gone up before Poppy Day .. which they deem improper. Now it seems that all lights will be switched off as a mark of respect when ex-servicemen parade through the town to the Memorial Park.
Others say it's a question of logistics and that Ballymena must maximise its commercial attraction to bring more people than ever to the town over the festive season.
We make no judgements ... but if it is a major issue for local people then this is your chance to have a say.
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