Coming together around charred tree to save Christmas
MURWILLUMBAH locals have given the Tweed an example of what Christmas is about with a show that could have come straight out of a Hollywood script.
According to those involved, it all began with a conversation on Facebook about how disappointing the community had been in celebrating the occasion.
From there, an unusual series of events unfolded: the town's only Christmas tree was set on fire in a late night attack last Friday, prompting the formation of a Facebook group.
Teila Rose Bradbury said she created the Save Christmas in Murwillumbah group and the people came.
They bought decorations and the sort of cheer some feared the place may have been missing.
But Teila said she never once feared and knew there was a community just waiting to show its true colours.
"I said: 'Look, who wants to come with decorations and decorate the charred remains of the tree?',” Ms Bradbury said.
"It was just a coincidence someone said, 'Well, now the tree's been burnt down so there's no decorations in town,' - I've never been a fan of that tree, by the way.”
She said the group now had confirmation the charred tree would remain in place until after Christmas.