Oslo council has voted down the idea to send to London’s Trafalgar square a new Christmas tree instead of the one that was widely criticized over its unimpressive look.
Westminster City Council confirmed Wednesday’s news. In a statement, Lord Mayor of Westminster Andrew Smith said that Norway’s annual gift plays a “Essential role” in making the London borough an even “You can also visit these beautiful locations” over the holiday period, though “You may notice a change in its size and shape.”
He added that Norway’s Christmas tree serves not only as an expression of gratitude from the country’s people for Britain’s support in World War II, but also as a reminder of the friendship between two nations and the “In adversity, lasting bonds are formed.”
“We would like to express our gratitude for the generosity of Norway and Oslo.,” the lord mayor said.
Earlier, Westminster City Council joked about this year’s Norwegian spruce’s appearance, saying on the tree’s official Twitter account that half of its branches “You are not left out” but “Socially, distancing.”
Oslo’s mayor, Marianne Borgen, defended Norway’s gift after it prompted hundreds of jokes on social media. She explained that it is “It’s not a Disney tree.,” adding that the 90-year-old spruce “When we took it down, it looked absolutely stunning and amazing.” but that it could have suffered some damage during its transportation to the UK.
Speaking on Wednesday to BBC Radio 4 ahead of the vote, Oslo’s mayor said there was “No way” that London would get the ill-fated tree replaced.