A village Christmas tree planted in memory of a tragic youngster that was stolen by heartless thieves has been replaced following a generous donation.
The 8ft tree in Bilsthorpe that was planted five years ago was hacked down last week and taken, along with its lights.
It had been planted in memory of local lad eight-year-old Jack Taylor, who died in a swimming pool accident on holiday in Spain in 2002.
But after hearing of the incident, generous Arnold woman Sue Massey offered a 12ft tree that had been growing in her own garden.
And with the help of Brookfields Garden Centre who helped dig it up, Acorn Windows who delivered it, and Solus in Bilsthorpe who helped re-plant it, it was put in place this morning, Saturday 14th December.
Mrs Massey said: “You usually feel so helpless in these situations but I thought I could help.
“I heard the story and I just felt for Lisa (Jack’s mother) because of the emotional attachment to the tree.”
Because of its deep roots, there is a 50 per cent chance that the tree may not survive, but a second smaller tree has been donated which Lisa Taylor will plant in her Church Street garden which could eventually replace the larger tree on Kirklington Road.
Jack’s mother Lisa Taylor said: “It restores your faith because everyone has done this for nothing. I really didn’t think something like this would happen.
“I didn’t think we’d have a tree this year. I think it looks splendid and it will look wonderful when it’s all lit up. I know Jack would be really pleased.
“The response has been amazing, and I have the thank everybody for their support. I have to say a massive thanks to Sue because without her it wouldn’t have happened, I have made a friend for life.”