Christmas Tree Floats into the Harbour
A 33ft high floating Christmas tree made from 1,000 lights was moored on Falmouth's Fishstand Quay last Thursday night.
The floating Christmas pontoon was built by local Penryn company WorkFloat, as well as their award-winning folding workboat they have also patented a product called ScaffFloat, a pontoon system made using scaffolding, that was used to build the floating tree.
Toby Budd, MD said ''We just thought it would be a nice thing to do, and we've had some lovely feedback on social media from people saying thank you, so I am glad we made the effort. After all, if Mousehole can do it then surely Falmouth can do better, in fact I have already had some local businesses asking if they can sponsor one for next year, so you never know we could end up with a floating forest of lights in the harbour, not what we had in mind but something that would be great for Falmouth and the town centre if it went ahead.''
The floating display was made possible thanks to a few local businesses that chipped in to help. Jack from Five West and Five Below provided the 26 strings of LED lights, Danny from Metalcraft provided the 1m wide star, Edd from Greenstone Landscaping provided the wire stays and Martyn from Falmouth Haven provided the moorings.
Richard Gates Falmouth Town Manager said “The floating Christmas tree in the harbour provided and installed by ScaffFloat is a great addition to the festive lights this year across the town. It is much appreciated that Toby and the team at ScaffFloat have given their time, energy, and sponsorship to make this work. Thanks also to Falmouth Harbour Commissioners for agreeing the location and the install.”
Other comments on social media include
Dave Nicoll from the RNLI saying, 'fantastic idea',
Richard Davis from Falmouth saying ''Brilliant job you guys, how about decorating the big red crane barge?''
and incoming CEO for Falmouth Harbour Commissioners saying
I have already had some local businesses asking if they can sponsor one for next year, so you never know we could end up with a floating forest of lights in the harbour, not what we had in mind but something that would be great for Falmouth and the town centre if it went ahead.