Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting CHNEWS to 80360, or email
New Inn tree felling marks end of Christmas at Cononley
8:00am Friday 11th January 2013 in News
Festive fun finally ended in Cononley when three “fellers” chopped down a 30ft Christmas tree outside the village’s historic New Inn.
The giant spruce was a gift to landlord Ian Savoury from pub regular Robert Riley who farms above Lothersdale, but after Twelfth Night, it had to be toppled.
“I’ve got about 2,000 conifers on a plantation and they’ve all grown too big for domestic use, so I thought I’d let Ian have one,” said Mr Riley, of Lower Weasel Farm.
“And he kindly gave us a few Christmas pints during what was a long and thirsty couple of weeks.”
Mr Riley put up the tree with son-in-law and landscaper Andrew Radcliffe – and then chainsawed it down too.
“It was a great tree and part of a very successful Christmas for the pub,” said Mr Savoury.