Westminster's Christmas tree now upright, but shorter


Westminster's Christmas tree was upright again yesterday - albeit a couple of feet shorter and with a decidedly nondecorative rope added.

The 25-foot tree snapped at its base when high winds passed through town between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday, said Thomas B. Beyard, Westminster's director of planning and public works.

The tree toppled onto its side, despite its trunk being inserted into a sleeve in the ground at the small park on Locust Lane at East Main Street.

"It's probably 23 feet now," Beyard said. "It has a rope now, but we'll probably take it off. About half the lights are off, and we have to put them back on."

The tree was lighted Saturday - a week earlier than planned - at the request of the downtown merchants, Beyard said.

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