A group of vandals hacked down a Christmas tree in Rochford, Essex and the night just before the tree’s lights were turned on. After it had fallen in the early hours of Sunday morning, council chairman Heather Glynn sent out a help request online. Astonishingly enough, the locals all came together – and by 10am the tree was back up, standing tall and the lights were restored.
‘Thanks to an amazing community spirit, and acts of kindness from some truly wonderful people, the tree is back up,’ as Glynn advised the BBC. ‘Fortunately the lighting event was not until the afternoon and people were determined not to let the vandals beat them.’
‘It was an act of mindless vandalism. Nothing stolen, just cut down,’ says Pete Tobit who is the organiser of the lights festival. Thankfully, there are quite a few community spirited people in Rochford who just turned up and offered their services to reinstate the tree and lights.
‘It certainly has restored my faith in community spirit.’ Well, we all know who really did this, or perhaps a copycat of Dr Seuss’s fictional character, “The Grinch”. The grumpy old green fur ball who scorns Christmas and its festivities.
Lucky for us South Africans, its summer time and a bit too hot in December for the Grinch.
The Grinch initially appeared in the 1957 Christmas story, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”! He has since become an icon of the winter holidays, despite the character's hatred towards the festive season he has appeared on various forms of souvenirs such as Christmas ornaments, plush dolls, Halloween costumes, and many types of clothing.