A COUNCIL has been slammed for its new festive decoration — a 16ft skiing marmot.
Locals said the huge rodent — complete with earmuffs — has no relevance to Christmas.
Marmots are not even seen in the Yuletide season because they hibernate all winter.
The festive marmot “tree” was ridiculed after its unveiling on Tuesday night in Alton, Hants.
Local Frances Bower fumed: “Did the three wise men ride these instead of camels? Did the shepherds watch their marmot flock by night?” Jacqui Deadman said: “What has a mouse got to do with Christmas?”
However, some residents liked the rodent, part of a £20,000 display. Caroline Wren said: “The children will love this. Long live Malcolm the Marmot.”
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Alton Town Council dubbed it “Marmite” because of the mixed response.
A spokesman said: “It was really about choosing something that would attract people to the high street and bring a smile to people’s faces, particularly the children.”
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Alton’s residents have also taken to Twitter to name their new pal[/caption]
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