COUNCIL bosses are inviting bad luck to South Tyneside after failing to take down the borough’s Christmas trees.
Traditionally, all festive decorations should be removed by Twelfth Night after Christmas – or else the rest of the year will be filled with bad luck.
However, yesterday, the trees were still up outside South Shields Town Hall and in the town’s King Street.
Across the borough, various decorations are still hanging from lamp-posts.
Council bosses say that, while the decorations are still up, they are turned off, and they do hope to have them all removed by the end of the month.
A council spokesman said: “Every year we have a fabulous display of Christmas lights, trees and decorations across South Tyneside, and they always receive a lot of positive feedback from residents and visitors.
“It takes about six weeks to put up the lights, which this year included more than 350 motifs, displays and garlands and more than 20 Christmas trees across the borough.
“The displays need to be carefully taken down and stored away properly.
“The council and its lighting partners are working through a programme to remove the displays.
“We expect to have them all down by the end of the month. The lights have all been switched off.”
Different traditions mark the date of Twelfth Night as either January 5 or 6.
The Church of England, celebrates the event on the 5th and refers to the night before Epiphany – a Christian feast day which marks the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus.
However, some people count the first day of Christmas as December 26, so therefore Twelfth Night falls on January 6, the evening of Epiphany itself.