Filey’s Fishtive Tree is set to be unveiled on Saturday 7th December. The ‘tree’ is quite a sight, made as it is from lobster pots, dressed with fishy bunting and topped by a golden salmon. Although it is only the third year that the tree has appeared on the Coble Landing, the fishtive tree has already become a much-loved institution.
The inspiration for the tree came from Ullapool in Scotland. A Filey resident saw Ullapool’s creel tree and proposed the idea to the area’s tourism association. Local fisherman were asked whether they could supply the pots and the tree made its first appearance on the Coble Landing in 2017. The name fishtive tree came from one of the pupils of Filey Junior School when they were designing a poster for the event.
The unveiling will commence at 5pm with songs from the Ebor Academy Choir. The lights in the tree will be officially switched on by 6pm. In case the real stuff does not put in an appearance, fake snow has been ordered.
The tree will remain lit during the hours of darkness until 2nd January. Visitors are invited to make donations, which, along with generous sponsorship, will help ensure that the tree will return next year. Any surplus funds will be donated to projects involving young people in the town.
The fishtive tree is organised entirely by volunteers. Should you wish to help out in any way, the organisers can be connected via the fishtive tree Facebook page.