Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Pengwern's wrecked Christmas tree lights could be replaced

* The Christmas tree left minus the lights.

Just a day after being officially switched on during a special event last Friday a set of lights on the community Christmas tree at Pengwern were ripped down by vandals.

But already there are signs they could soon be replaced by well-wishers.

One of those who helped set up the lights posted on Facebook on Sunday: "Thanks to everyone who came to the turning on of Pengwern lights on Friday. It was a lovely evening with the Silver Band playing and folks singing carols. Great community spirit.

"Unfortunately, it was also the last night of the lights as the community spirit was not shared when the tree was vandalised around 5pm yesterday.

"It was particularly dispiriting as I had spent most of Friday putting the tree up, rewiring the electrics and putting the lights on, only for it to be wrecked the following evening. 

"We’re hoping to replace them before Christmas."

Someone else posted on Monday: "Pengwern Community Centre organised a very successful Christmas Tree Light Up and activities last Friday. By Saturday night the tree lights had been vandalised and were no longer working. 

"It's so disappointing for the community to have their tree ruined, and it would be right for those involved to replace the lights they broke." 

A spokesperson for Denbighshire County Council said: “We have been made aware of the damage to the tree and are saddened by it. We would encourage anyone to report incidents of anti-social behaviour at the site to North Wales Police."

It is understood that the community has received a number of offers to replace the broken lights from local business and other organisations.

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