The Filey Fishtive tree has been lit, but sadly in line with the times, there was little or no ceremony. However, it is still 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 fourth 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 tree will remain lit during the hours of darkness until early 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. There is a GoFundMe page for those who cannot make the journey to Filey in this year of restrictions. Additionally, there is a live webcam of the tree.