Swindon’s world-famous magic roundabout is now full of festive cheer thanks to a giant Christmas tree decorated with 5,500 multi-coloured lights.
The tree was supposed to be up and ready on Monday 8 December but contractors ran into problems with securing it in place.
The idea came about when Cllr Bluh was talking to Swindon taxi drivers who told him the first thing visitors want to see when they come to Swindon is the magic roundabout. But apparently they are often disappointed, when faced with the grey reality of tarmac and moving steel of some 40,000 vehicles per day.
The magic roundabout is no stranger to the limelight. It has been featured on TV across the world and pictures of it adorn merchandise, including T-shirts, key rings, tea towels, badges and fridge magnets. These are available to buy from the Swindon Visitor Information Centre, in Regent Street.
Cllr Bluh said: “I hope this festive feature of the roundabout will bring extra Christmas cheer to the people of Swindon. I realise this is a time of financial difficulty and uncertainty for many. This is intended as a bit of fun for everyone and should brighten up visitor’s memories of the town’s very popular landmark.”
The towering spruce has been paid for by Capita, the Council’s strategic partner. The lights, purchased locally and sponsored by V Cars. Ken Cousins, a V Cars private hire driver, said: “We are thrilled to sponsor the lights and are pleased that Swindon is making the most of one of its best-loved attractions – long may it continue.”