A Christmas tree in the middle of Stockton has drawn huge criticism from people living in the area.
The 20ft tree was erected in Stockton last week and has been called a 'disgrace' and an 'embarrassment' by locals.
A Stockton Council spokesman said: "We're in the middle of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the High Street.
"The central and northern sections are quite literally a building site, so there's no room for our normal 40ft high Spruce, which will be back next year.
"In the interim, we've used the 20ft cone with illuminated snowflake designs rather than leave this part of the High Street bare.
"We're pleased to report that that extensive works have not put visitors off as thousands of spectators attended last week's launch of the Stockton Sparkles festival which was led by 1,500 children.
"We know that a traditional Christmas tree always makes a great centrepiece but there's so much more going on in Stockton throughout the Chrismas period including our 12-day Christmas market, ice sculpture, late-night shopping and street theatre with dance and musical performances.
"We would ask that our public bear with us this year and look forward to a traditional Christmas tree returning to a new-look Stockton High Street next year - we're sure it'll be worth the wait.
It might still be almost three months until Christmas, but George Richardson, from County Durham, is travelling to the Arctic Circle to collect another dozen reindeer to add to his herd.
He hires them out to schools, grottos and shopping centres over the festive period.
Derek Proud reports.
George Richardson says the trip to Norway will take 32 hours.
Reindeer owner George Richardson says the reindeers are rented out sometimes as an educational tool
The owner of a County Durham rent-a-reindeer business is driving more than 3,000 miles to the Arctic Circle and back to get more reindeer in the run up to Christmas.
George Richardson is heading to Norway to take back 10 females and two bulls to Seaham.
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