Christmas tree planted in couple's garden 43 years ago is now a staggering 50ft tall

A COUPLE who planted a 6ft Christmas tree in 1978 now use a cherry-picker to decorate the 50ft giant with 3,000 lights in an annual tradition.

Avril and Christopher Rowlands welcomed 2,000 locals to the switch on in Inkberrow, Worcs.

Retired TV writer Avril, 75, said: "Inkberrow is one of the only villages in the UK which has no street lights so when the tree is lit up it really is quite a spectacle.

"The tree has become a big part of our lives and the switching on of the lights has become quite a village tradition.

"A lot of people in the village say that it's the start of their Christmas.

"We even get cards addressed to the tree which is quite sweet."

"Last year had to do the switch on by ourselves and post the pictures on Facebook because Covid restrictions were in place.

"It's been wonderful to see so many people enjoy the lights this year.

"We were still cautious this year. The road slopes so people could still view the switch on and be distanced from each other.

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The tree pictured back in 1978Credit: SWNS
Avril and Christopher Rowlands welcomed 2,000 locals to the switch on in Inkberrow, WorcsCredit: SWNS
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