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Scaffolder Steve saves Christmas for Havering-atte-Bower

The tree is now in the village green The tree is now in the village green

Saturday, December 14, 2013
6:00 PM

When scaffolder Steve Gore heard that a village’s hopes of a Christmas tree had been felled, he sprang into action.

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Members of Havering-atte-Bower Conservation Society had arranged for a 26ft tree for the village green but were without a truck to deliver it.

With time slipping away before the annual carol service, committee members began to lose hope of ever seeing their festive fir. Steve, who owns ORS Scaffolding in Penzance Road, Romford, was working when he had an emergency phone call from farmer and society member Mark Smoothy.

The giant tree, which had been ordered from Rochford, Essex, wasn’t going anywhere, he was told. Could he help?

So rather than see a gloomy green in Havering-atte-Bower, Steve’s scaffolding lorry came to the rescue.

Now the village’s ancient church has a brightly-lit tree – just in time for the carol service.

Mark said: “The green without a tree would have been a very sad sight.

“Steve has helped the whole village by coming to the rescue and we can now look forward to our candle-lit service this weekend.”

Everyone is welcome to sing carols at St John the Evangelist’s Church tomorrow at 6.30pm.

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