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Residents of town fuming over Christmas tree that ‘looks like a bl***y cactus’

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Residents of a small town in Yorkshire were left fuming after being underwhelmed by a Christmas tree display, with some saying it looked like a "cactus".

People in Mexborough, near Doncaster, gathered on Thursday night for the town's official Christmas lights switch-on event.

The tree itself was illuminated by a string of lights, but angry residents weren't as stunned by the display as they had hoped, reports Yorkshire Live.

A video from local Gary Jones captured the countdown to the moment the lights were switched on. There was a small cheer from the crowd after the sparse lights lit up, followed by some giggles.

Gary then panned the camera to his son who, with a bewildered expression, remarked "it's just some orange lights".

It was not just Gary's son that was disappointed, as people took to Facebook to discuss the lacklustre tree.

One person said: "Where's all the lights?"

Another jokingly commented: "Looks like a bl***y cactus!"

"What a build-up and then the big let down," chimed a third.

But, despite the disappointing Christmas tree, Gary said that he and his children had a "lovely" time at the event, which also included live music, local food stalls and a chance for children to meet Father Christmas.

Local councillor Sean Gibbons also defended the event, which he explained was put together by him and his colleagues at very short notice.

He said: "We had many smiling faces, it's just unfortunate that some people are ungrateful and want more from a small event."

Cllr Gibbons also said that the event was privately funded by the small ward councillor budgets, which add up to only £3,000.

He said: "We would have wanted more, but it was so last minute we were lucky to get that – the tree was an extra tree we got and there were no lights on it until we funded it."

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