Lights, Christmas Tree on the Castle!

Carlisle Castle was back to its festive best on Dec. 9, 2005, after Mayor Sandra Fisher threw the switch to light the Christmas tree on the city’s battlements.

Last year, English Heritage bosses responsible for the castle’s upkeep were dubbed Scrooges when they said they could not afford to buy and install a tree. When local businessmen offered a 20-foot tree to the castle, they were told it could not be installed as they might have damaged the stonework.

"Bah! Humbug!" said local residents...