DMU first year Journalism student Simon Sansome has found himself at the centre of attention in the national press – over a village Christmas tree.

Simon, a former Borough Councillor for Birstall, was asked to set up a petition as protesting against the tree which has been compared to ‘Mickey Mouse’s hat in the film Fantasia’, according to national papers like The Sun, The Daily Mail, and The Daily Express.

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Birstall Parish Council spent £21,000 on what has been dubbed ‘the worst Christmas tree in Britain’ and been described as the ‘wizard’s hat’.

Simon said: “I can’t believe that it’s got this much attention, I’ve done interviews with the national press appeared on news bulletin and done radio interviews, but also been getting very good tips from a journalistic point of view from national and local reporters.”

Simon, who is a mature student, has been quoted on dozens of websites and many national and local newspapers. A selection of the links is below.



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