The miscreants struck sometime in the early hours of Sunday morning after the Welcome Inn had held its Light to Light service on Saturday night.
Regulars were dismayed to find the decorations and lights from the 15 foot tree strewn in and around the grounds of the pub down Burgh Road the following day.
“Some of my locals helped me to decorate the tree and this event is a very emotional one for some,” said Clare Chrysostomou, landlady.
“When they found out about the tree; that their messages had been ripped off along with the lights and the decorations, they were really upset,” she added.
“I can’t understand why anyone would do this. They should be ashamed of themselves. You try to do something nice for your community and some mindless idiots go out of their way to spoil things for others,” Clare explained.
However, the Christian nature of Christmas was upheld after a kind gesture from B&Q Skegness, who donated three sets of lights for the tree. Local pub-goer and B&Q employee, Terry had learned of the pub’s plight and decided to help.
The well-attended service was conducted by The Rev Julie Donn, and it raised around £63 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The public were invited to place messages on the tree in the form of little stars to remember loved ones who have passed for a £1 donation. Those that had placed messages are welcome to re-lay their messages again following the redecoration of the tree.
“Tree lights and decorations on the Christmas tree were stolen or broken Anyone who saw any suspicious activity or has information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting ‘incident 165 of December 15′,” said a police spokesperson.