Behold: The ugliest Christmas tree in England

The town of Stockton-on-Tees is a small in the northeast corner of England, with a population just under 200,000. They don’t make news much and probably haven’t drawn many international headlines since hosting the maiden voyage of the world’s first-ever passenger locomotive ride in 1822.

But that changed this week when city officials decided to deviate from the traditional 40-foot Spruce used for the town’s Christmas tree due to construction in the city center, and opted instead for an upside-down cone that has been dubbed the worst Christmas tree in all of England.

Here it is with some by-standers looking dismayed:

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And another angle of the tree just looking pitiful:

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The Mirror tracked down social media comments from some of the townspeople, among whom the consensus seems to be that the town just shouldn’t have bothered. “The lights are godawful, and it is simply an embarrassment. It’s like an upside down cornet,” said one disappointed resident.

“The central and northern sections are quite literally a building site, so there’s no room for our normal 40 ft high Spruce, which will be back next year,” said a city official. “In the interim we’ve used the 20ft cone with illuminated snowflake designs, rather than leave this part of the High Street bare. We know that a traditional Christmas tree always makes a great centrepiece but there’s so much more going on in Stockton. We would ask that our public bear with us this year and look forward to a traditional Christmas tree returning to a new-look high street next year – we’re sure it will be worth the wait!”

Congratulations, Stockton-on-Tees, on the dubious honor of the worst tree in England.