S-no-w joke as festive figure gets frozen out

Seahouses Christmas Lights committee have had to remove a snowman off the green at St Aidans.'The snowman at his new site.

Seahouses Christmas Lights committee have had to remove a snowman off the green at St Aidans.'The snowman at his new site.

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A 10-foot snowman has had to find a new home after receiving a frosty response.

The Christmas character, who comes with a top hat and lights up specially for the season, has been repositioned in Seahouses, following concerns by a resident.

Seahouses Christmas Lights committee have had to remove a snowman off the green at St Aidans.

Seahouses Christmas Lights committee have had to remove a snowman off the green at St Aidans.

The metal-framed festive figure was also moved from its original home on grass at St Aidans because of a covenant which prevents development on that land.

The snowman, who was put there by the Seahouses Christmas Lights committee, has been relocated to outside of the former harbourmaster’s office in the village.

A similar Christmas tree, which was positioned further along from the snowman, has been moved to Seafield Caravan Park.

Ian Clayton, secretary of the committee, said: “It is a little bit of a storm in a teacup.

“We were contacted by an agent acting on behalf of the trustees of Lord Crewe’s Charity saying a resident had made a complaint about the snowman, which had been up for about 48 hours.

“The tree has been there in previous years but the snowman is a new feature and I think it was the thin end of the wedge as the resident wondered if we were going to put more characters there. It is the first time we have had a complaint.

“We didn’t know about the covenant. We have no desire to upset residents or breech covenants so we moved both items.”

A spokesman from Smiths Gore who acts for the trustees of Lord Crewe’s Charity said he believed all houses at St Aidans have a covenant from the estate which does not allow development on the land.

He added that one resident had made a complaint about the ‘so-called development aka the snowman and Christmas tree’ but had not asked for the snowman/Christmas tree to be removed this year but raised concerns about the snowman in subsequent years.

He said the complaint was passed to the lights committee who decided to move the items. He added that this had not been driven by the trustees of Lord Crewe’s Charity.