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Church slates council over X-mas recycling message

The Church of England has slammed Warrington Council over its use of a Christmas light reminding residents to recycle. Shoppers in Warrington are greeted by a big Christmas light, which does not show the usual Happy Christmas greeting but Recycle for Warrington instead. The Church has called this a re-branding of the festive season and said it shows a disregard for the spirit of the season. The Bishop of Bolton, The Rt Reverend David Gillett said: I am quite surprised to see the usual Christmas greetings replaced by the slogan Recycle for Warrington. The various faith communities in Warrington all share the common belief that we should care for our environment and celebrate festivals in an appropriate way. For the majority of Warringtons population the celebration of Christmas is an important time. I hope that next year the council will reinstate Christmas. A Church of England spokesman added: This is the main welcoming Christmas light you see in town as you enter, you normally would expect the message of Happy Christmas. It shows a complete disregard for the spirit of the season. The council intends to keep the offending lights in place and has plans to re-use them next year. A Warrington Council spokeswoman said: This is not an attempt to re-brand Christmas. All the traditional symbols of the season have pride of place in Warrington. We have the crib showing Jesus in his manger right in front of the famous Golden Gates, as we have had for years in the borough. One addition this year is one sign on one street, commissioned by the councils recycling team, to promote the message that with all the Christmas cards, trees, and festive wrapping that will be generated at this time of year, it is good for people to remember to recycle. This is in no way replacing or re-branding the traditional signs of Christmas which were proud to have on display right across the borough. Image: 'Recycle for Warrington' Christmas sign

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