A real catch - Unique Christmas tree back by popular demand

Wells Harbour team members Simon Cooper, Fred Whitaker, Robert Smith and Graham Riseborough with the

Wells Harbour team members Simon Cooper, Fred Whitaker, Robert Smith and Graham Riseborough with the crab pot Christmas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea harbour. - Credit: Danielle Booden

When you think of Christmas, the thought of crab and lobster pots perhaps do not spring to mind.

But the Wells Christmas tree made from the crustaceans' pots has returned this year at the Quay in the town and has become a festive icon all of its own.

The tree, which originally was a stopgap thought up by the team at the harbour, is back by popular demand after it captured the imagination of the town.

Last year, with a lockdown in place and caught in the limbo of being allowed to meet up and put up decorations, the tree was cancelled.

The crab pot Chrismas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. Picture: Danielle Booden

The crab pot Chrismas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Using what they had to hand as well as a little festive ingenuity, the town is now the proud home of a 15ft tall ‘tree’ constructed of crab and lobster pots.

The tree is decorated with crabs, fenders, Christmas lights and topped with a star complete with luminous crustaceans.

It also features buoys with names of local boats. 

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The team from the Christmas Tide Festival and the harbour worked together to create this.

The crab pot Chrismas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. Picture: Danielle Booden

The crab pot Chrismas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Mel Catton, festival committee member, was amazed by the response to the tree, and the calls to see it return.

“We found the tree had a phenomenal response," he said.

"We are all very pleased, we could not believe the response this tree had in the town. We saw people coming for a walk during the lockdown and the tree was their highlight.

“This year, when we announced that the tide was returning, one of the things we heard over and over again was, ‘is the crab pot tree coming back?’.

Graham Riseborough hanging a decoration on the crab pot Chrismas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour.

Graham Riseborough hanging a decoration on the crab pot Christmas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. - Credit: Danielle Booden

“It’s so pleasing that local people are the ones who have come forward and requested it, you can only but follow their lead and honour their request.”

Robert Smith, harbourmaster in the town believes the tree may become a mainstay of the town’s festive period: “We decided that it was so popular that we would do it again and it will now probably be a tradition.

Robert Smith hanging a decoration on the crab pot Chrismas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. Pictu

Robert Smith hanging a decoration on the crab pot Christmas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. - Credit: Danielle Booden

“The amount of love we have got for it is amazing. It is really good, in this day and age, to do something to put a smile on people’s faces.”

The lights on the tree at set to be turned on during the last weekend of November.

The crab pot Chrismas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. Picture: Danielle Booden

The crab pot Chrismas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Wells Harbour team members Simon Cooper, Fred Whitaker, Robert Smith and Graham Riseborough with the

Wells Harbour team members Simon Cooper, Fred Whitaker, Robert Smith and Graham Riseborough with the crab pot Christmas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea harbour. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Graham Riseborough hanging a decoration on the crab pot Chrismas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour.

Graham Riseborough hanging a decoration on the crab pot Christmas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Buoys decorating the crab pot Chrismas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. Picture: Danielle Booden

Buoys decorating the crab pot Christmas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Buoys decorating the crab pot Chrismas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. Picture: Danielle Booden

Buoys decorating the crab pot Christmas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The crab pot Chrismas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. Picture: Danielle Booden

The crab pot Christmas tree at Wells-Next-the-Sea Harbour. - Credit: Danielle Booden

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