Hat stolen from Forest Hill Christmas tree [..twice]

Coming home from work this evening I was saddened to see our beautifully decorated tree is missing its hat already. :cry: :disappointed:

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I saw that too. So sad and infruiating. :frowning_face:

I wonder if the station or town centre cctv covers the area at all?

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No!!! I literally tried to fashion this so it was tricky to steal with it wired and strapped to the tree. I almost made a backup but thought, being Christmas, no one would be that mean. I was wrong. Boo

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Could it have just been the wind that took it? It’s quite high up and such a public place for someone to set up a ladder or use a pole to steal it.
The Merry Christmas banner I stuck on the sarcophagus at Kirkdale yesterday has also gone. I’m hoping that just fell off in the wind too.

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No, it can’t have been the wind as I stitched loops and straps inside and cable tied it many time’s to the tree. Also it was lined with a duvet to make heavy enough so it couldn’t blow away

What a shame. It looked so nice and different. How did they even reach it?

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Then it wasn’t a quick job to remove it? In such a public space someone must have seen it happening. Someone with a ladder or a pole doing something out if the ordinary is a lot more remarkable than someone fiddling about under a car. If there’s no street CCTV there may be dash cam footage. Maybe contact the bus companies?

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I almost decorated under the hat incase this happened but decided no as I thought , surely no one would nab it

Outrageous theft. It was still there looking great when I passed around 11 pm that night.
Now, was there someone with a huge head hanging around looking furtively at the hat?

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That is genuinely disgraceful. People sinking to new lows.

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The hat was gone by 2.30pm on Sunday. Drunken antics on Saturday night perhaps?

Seems a bit odd - if it was that you’d imagine the tree would be quite damaged as unlikely they had a ladder on hand.

My money would have been on the wind, as wind can be so powerful, though it is was cabletied as Lee says above this seems unlikely unless it broke the fabric.

If someone did take it, hopefully they know regret and will return it anonymously early one morning…

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I thought it was odd as there seemed to be no sign of damage to the nearby branches…
however there were clearly plastic sheet like ties still wrapped round the top of the tree…
It saddens me because it was such a fun novel idea.
Honestly it would be so hard hard to get without causing damage its almost like they used a cherry picker to get it :exploding_head:
Perhaps we should start a new thread… bring back the hat
or another 'who stole the hat and how?
Either way its blooming sad that it didn’t even last to christmas…perhaps boobytrap the next one :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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It’s back! Looking a bit grubby, but hurrah!

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FHSoc report that it was very kindly replaced:

I’ve been wondering who is so kind and generous as to be behind the tree and decorations? Who can we thank?

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Local man Lee Jackson @leejacksondesign

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Looking cheery tonight!

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I was so pleased to see it this morning I stopped, stared,took a photo and would have missed my train but it was cancelled !
Is it the original hat? It looks very grubby like its had an adventure

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I find this curious why a big fabric hat that’s just going to get sodden and filthy in the rain?

I am sure the Forest Hill Society would happily take on board your suggestions for next year. The hat was made and donated by a very nice local. I am sure there are other, just as good, options.

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