Yesterday’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.