Jingle bells ring over 75 years on Sheffield tree

Gently does it: David Drabble hangs his decades-old decorations on his tree in Dronfield Woodhouse.                                          PICTURE: STEVE PARKIN.
Gently does it: David Drabble hangs his decades-old decorations on his tree in Dronfield Woodhouse. PICTURE: STEVE PARKIN.
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THESE bells have been ringing-in David Drabble’s Christmas for 75 years.

He can remember the tiny decorations hanging on his tree as a youngster – and still gets them out every year.

“They still ring,” said grandfather David, aged 75, of Dronfield Woodhouse.

“The decorations must be more than 75 years old because that’s how old I am and they came from my mum and dad’s house. Every year they come out of storage and I have to take great care. They get put away very gingerly.

“I’m sure they will be passed on to my grandchildren too.”

Dorothy Smalley, 78, and her husband George, 80, have kept their mini Christmas tree for almost half a century.

Young mum Dorothy bought the tiny mock pine, complete with decorations and candles, when her father was in Lodge Moor Hospital with pneumonia 49 years ago.

The retired cleaner, of Stradbroke Road, Woodhouse, said: “We thought he can’t be in hospital at Christmas without a tree! It cheered him up.

“We’ve had it up every year since, although we’ve just bought a little white tree that you just pull up.

“It’s very precious to me even though it’s only 7inches tall.”