Festive cheer on hold after high winds topple Christmas tree in South Shields

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Festive cheer has been temporarily suspended at a South Tyneside shopping area after high winds caused a Christmas tree to topple.

The fir tree on the roundabout at Harton Nook, in South Shields, was blown over at about 7am yesterday during gale force winds.

The junction of Sunderland Road and Prince Edward Road. Picture from Google Images.

The junction of Sunderland Road and Prince Edward Road. Picture from Google Images.

A council spokesman said recent rainy weather had caused the tree’s cement foundations to weaken.

However, workers were shortly on the scene to remove the tree, which was partly blocking the junction of Prince Edward Road and Sunderland Road.

‏@TyneWearTravel took to Twitter to warn rush hour motorists of the problem and tweeted : “Lane closure A1300 Prince Edward Road, Sunderland Road roundabout due to a fallen Christmas Tree.”

Council bosses say tree will be back in place by Thursday – well in time for the borough’s Christmas lights to be officially switched on by S Club Party’s Bradley, Jo and Tina.

They will be joined by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse and Santa Claus at the junction of King Street and Ocean Road to help the town get ready for Christmas, from 3.30pm.

A council spokesman said: “As a result of the rain, the foundations on which the tree was standing were weakened, which led to the Christmas tree at the Nook falling over in high wind.

“The concrete is being re-set and we expect the tree, which was not damaged, to be back in place on Thursday.”

Meanwhile the Met Office has predicted temperatures are going to feel a bit chillier by the end of week.

A spokesman added: “The outlook for Wednesday to Friday remains unsettled, with spells of rain or showers each day, heavy at times. Often windy, especially on Wednesday.

“Temperatures close to average, but probably turning colder during Friday.”