If a Christmas tree is old hat why not trim up – a coat stand?

Staff at a Huddersfield training company decided to ditch the fir and go for the novel instead.

The Textile Centre of Excellence in Red Doles Lane has trimmed up a boring office coat stand with tinsel, baubles and fairy lights.

The dazzling look is completed by a giant star on the top.

And instead of buying a real Christmas tree only to dump it a few weeks later, the company will donate £50 to Kirkwood Hospice.

Maria Grzwacz, MD Bill Macbeth and Andrea Philipson with Textile Centre of Excellence's alternative Christmas tree, a decorated coat stand
Maria Grzwacz, MD Bill Macbeth and Andrea Philipson with Textile Centre of Excellence's alternative Christmas tree, a decorated coat stand

Head of finance Andrea Philipson came up the idea when wrestling with the annual workplace Christmas tree conundrum.

“There’s always a dilemma every Christmas,” she said. “No one wants to go and buy the tree in the first place, no one wants to decorate it and then it sits in the car park for three months after Christmas because no one wants to dispose of it.

“This year I thought we’d do something different and I saw the hat stand looking a bit sorry for itself and hit on an idea.”

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Colleague Maria Grzywacz got to work and spent three hours creating a glittery masterpiece.

The firm’s apprentice Gianluca Cina came up with the words for an explanation for the rolling TV screen in the reception area.

The centre is also a conference and meetings venue and the ‘tree’ has proved a talking point among visitors.

“It’s caused a lot of amusement more than anything,” said Andrea. “But we just think it’s a nice idea and hope it will catch on.

“People are much more creative and inventive these days.”

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