Lord Mayor of Westminster defends ‘sparse’ Trafalgar Square Christmas tree

Staff writer

The above video, filmed on Thursday, shows the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree's switch-on ceremony after the gift from Norway was criticised as "sparse" and "embarrassing" online.

Ruth Bush, the Lord Mayor of Westminster Council, addressed those doubts.

"This is not a British tree, this is not an American tree. This is a Norwegian tree. Therefore it doesn't look like a British tree, it doesn't look like an American tree. It looks like a Norwegian spruce... this is a beautiful tree," Ruth said.