Each year, crews from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service erect a large tree high above Newport Fire Station for all to see as part of the festive celebrations.
The sight of the tree being hauled up the drill tower and decorated is often referred to as a ‘Christmas is coming’ moment.
However, poor morale amongst firefighters has been blamed for the break in tradition this year. It is thought that this is the first time in around 40 years that a Christmas tree hasn’t appeared above the station.
A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Council has told Island Echo:
“It is unlikely the tree will be provided this year following some local communication issues which are now resolved.
“The organisation of the tree is undertaken on a voluntarily basis by the firefighters from one of the watches at the station and not under the direction of the council.
“Although the council shares the community’s view about the iconic nature of the tree, it respects the choices made by the firefighters about its provision this year.”
In Ryde, firefighters have decorated the station with Christmas lights and have placed a tree on their drill tower. The lights will be switched on during this coming Saturday’s Wight Brainy Bunch Christmas market.
Over in Shanklin, retained firefighters have made their own tree out of string lights.