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Axed tree had survived wartime bombing and planning decisions

PUBLISHED: 14:14 15 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:14 15 May 2016

David Reynolds of Cobholm was dismpayed to see this tree being cut down and took this picture for posterity.

David Reynolds of Cobholm was dismpayed to see this tree being cut down and took this picture for posterity.

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For many years there stood a large tree, possibly 200 years old, in the grounds of the Quaker Meeting House.

A few weeks ago I saw tree surgeons lopping the top branches, and shortening the lower. I assumed it was to promote growth while removing any hazards it might cause. I was shocked to see that entire tree has now gone! I am sure many people remember when hundreds of starlings would nest there, in the evenings they sweep up onto the sky wheeling and calling in a breathtaking display.

Presumably these were the first go as there was a fair amount of bird poo on the ground and expensive cars in the park. Now the tree, is nothing sacred?

The Row that used to run through Palmers shop, with plate glass windows on each side displaying their wares, and providing a convenient route to the Market bus stop.

The war did its worst for Howard Street, the drinks works, cosy houses and pubs all destroyed, and then planning decisions which led to the demolition of the Electric House, and the magnificent Regal Theatre.

Many a wonderful summer show was seen there. Now we are left with drab town centre, car parks, closed stores and declining market.

I am glad to say that I have at least my photo of the great tree, if only at its demise.

DAVID REYNOLDS

Cobholm


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