Xmas lights danger. Fortaleza do Pico.

Christmas lights in Bom Jesus, FunchalYesterday’s Journal takes an unusual slant on the Christmas lights that were turned on last Friday night. They report on Madeira-based researcher Raimundo Quintal launching an alert on Facebook  about the irresponsibility of using Christmas lighting in trees. “Irresponsibility can kill,” he said. “Today, I want to break the silence because, on touring Funchal, I found with great concern the irresponsibility with which trees have been used as a support for the structures set up for lighting at Christmas and New Year’s Eve”.
In the same note, he points out as a “most striking case” that of a Tipuana tree located in Largo da Igrejinha, “almost in front of the door of the Regional Directorate of Public Health”, which has a branch “leaning toward the road” in which “two cables of steel were tied together with the purpose of securing the metallic structure installed in Rua Câmara Pestana.”

Christmas lights video

Meanwhile a video of this years festive lights has been posted on YouTube

Fortaleza do Pico

The prominent fortress overlooking Funchal,  Fortaleza do Pico, is to reopen in March 2018 after a significant renovation.

Forteleza do Pico



10 thoughts on “Xmas lights danger. Fortaleza do Pico.

  1. I don’t think putting lights in the trees is a problem but, bearing in mind a number of recent tree-related accidents, using them as supports for arrays across streets could be risky.

  2. The video of this year’s lights is great. Looking forward to seeing them for real sooooon! Surprised that, so far anyway, the Praca do Municipio (sp?!) looks rather bare?

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