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Could this be the oldest Christmas tree in Greater Manchester? 25 Dec 2018 09:10 #12363

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Could this be the oldest Christmas tree in Greater Manchester?
It was bought by a family from Woolworths in Ashton-under-Lyne during the war


14:14, 24 DEC 2018

The artificial tree was bought by a family from a Woolworths store in Ashton-under-Lyne, during the war in 1941.

After 77 years it's still standing strong at Tameside's Portland Basin Museum, complete with original period baubles and decorations.

It became illegal in Britain during the Second World War to cut down trees for Christmas and people didn't want cherished decorations to be damaged in air raids.

Many households bought simple tabletop trees like it as a result.

David Thorpe inspects the tree at Portland Basin Museum (Image: Manchester Evening News)
The previous Christmas the Manchester blitz saw the city suffer the worst bombing of the war and in March 1941, the year the tree was bought, Old Trafford football stadium was severely damaged in a Luftwaffe raid.

Standing just over a foot high, the tree's plastic leaves are still attached to its small wire frame.

The decorations - bells and baubles - were bought at Henry Moon's in Ashton, believed to have been a general store on Market Street near Penny Meadow. Sadly no tinsel survived and there's no star on the top of the tree either.

According to the museum, families often bought small trees with simple decorations during the war so they could easily be moved into air raid shelters if needed as a comfort for children.

The tree was donated to the museum by a family in Ashton.
More Here:
www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/tameside-christmas-tree-portland-basin-15575762


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Could this be the oldest Christmas tree in Greater Manchester? 26 Dec 2018 18:56 #12381

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Been to that museum about 10 years ago, interesting place if you are into industrial heritage and that sort of thing.

That's a pretty cool find. I have an artificial tree at the moment got it from Poundland several years back along with a set of lights for same price. Sadly the lights packed in last christmas eve of all nights but I got some beauties from aldi this time. I look after my tree as it fits in an old shoe box but I bet it doesn't last that long.
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Could this be the oldest Christmas tree in Greater Manchester? 26 Dec 2018 19:48 #12382

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I brought my old Tree about 4-5 years ago, From a charity shop; with Built in Fibre optic lights that still work fine, and a set of flashing built in lights, That packed up last Christmas, but one set of lights is better then nothing, Also got a long string of lights that zig zag around part of my Lounge, That enough & Lights still Working. :)
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