Council slammed for spending £4.2k on 16ft skiing marmot Christmas decoration


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.

A council put up a giant marmot as its festive decoration
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Locals say the skiing rodent – complete with earmuffs – is not relevant to Christmas
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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.”

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.”

The big toothy creature is understood to have cost the council £4,200
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The festive marmot ‘tree’ is part of a £20,000 display
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Is it a squirrel? Is it a mouse? This local has decided it’s a beaver[/caption]

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Alton’s residents have also taken to Twitter to name their new pal[/caption]

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