THE donation of a 20ft tree by Skanska, the company building the new college campus in Grays, guarantees the town will have a traditional Christmas to celebrate this year.
This is the first time for several years Grays town centre will have a Christmas tree.
In recent years the grounds of Grays Parish Church, St Peter and St Paul, including its tree have been decorated for the festive period. That decoration will continue this year.
Skanska has been building the South Essex College campus since the start of the year and it will be complete in time for the first intake of students in September next year.
Leader of the council and local Grays councillor, John Kent, said: “This is great news. Grays town centre hasn’t had a Christmas tree for at least seven years and I’m really grateful to Skanska for their generous Christmas gift.”
And Paul Heather, managing director for Skanska, added: “Our association with Grays has always been more than just building a college, it’s also about the community around the college.
“We are delighted to contribute our own bit of festive cheer to Grays with the Christmas tree and lights for the benefit of everyone in the town.”Cllr Kent said: “The college is sure to become an integral part of the town when it opens next year and it’s great that even before it is complete, it is already playing a part working with and for the whole community locally.”