Christmas Tree Star

Where is it now?

By Malcolm Marples

A recent inquiry from a lady in Australia had us looking for a 'star'. The star which used to be on the town centre Christmas tree and was made at Metal Box by the lady's father in the 1950's.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Christmas Tree Star' page

We have found the star - well pictures of it - and these taken in 1964 show how scaffolding had to be erected to put the star in place. What still remains a mystery is "where is the star now?"

Photo:Chritmas tree in the Market Place 1964

Chritmas tree in the Market Place 1964

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Photo:Two men and a STAR

Two men and a STAR

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This page was added on 01/12/2011.
Comments about this page

"Where is it now?", I'll have stab in the dark inasmuch as I dare bet it went to the same place as that Cortina parked alongside the scaffold!

By Berisford Jones
On 02/12/2011

The gentleman who made the star was Leonard Jones, my Dad. He and Mam will celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary on 24 December 2011.

By Susan Hepburn(nee Jones)
On 06/12/2011

My sister Susan forgot to mention that she, our parents and three other siblings emigrated in April 1954 so Dad must have made the star before that, and it is terrific that it was still in use ten years after they left. Incidentally the "lady in Australia" is Leonard and Kathleen's eldest daughter Pamela who was at Brunt's Grammar School prior to emigrating. Through our maternal grandmother we have a long and respectable connection to Mansfield being related to a number of families well known in the town throughout the nineteenth century, including the Clays, Metthams and Binchs.

By Darrell Jones
On 06/12/2011

Hi to all this star was made by my Grandfather, who is turning 94 and please please if anybody knows where this star is just a photo or anything so my grandparents could see it again, must have many memories for them. Kind Thoughts Elizabeth Bonini

By Elizabeth Bonini
On 29/12/2011

Christmas memories - can anybody recall the"Angels " of which went across the shops in Leeming Street in the early  1960's, like the Star where are they now or were did they go ?.

By Mansfield Woodhouse Lad
On 30/08/2014

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