A green Christmas tree for 2018

Picture: Felix Wilson

The gift that keeps on giving is ready for another year. The Wanstead Christmas Tree, scene of outrage, argument, campaigns and scandal of years past is ready to have its lights turned on.

And though it’s a traditional event, the lighting-up this year has some very modern touches  – including being a plastic-free eco-friendly event.

Local legendary milkman Steve Hayden will be turning on the lights on Friday afternoon from 4pm, accompanied by the choir from Wanstead Church school and pantomime figures from the Redbridge Drama Centre.

Wanstead Christmas Tree lights switch on