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Big tree the best

Tuesday, 21st December, 2010

Big W store manager, Peter Simmons, handed the two $500 gift cards over to winner, Belinda Pascoe at Big W yesterday Big W store manager, Peter Simmons, handed the two $500 gift cards over to winner, Belinda Pascoe at Big W yesterday

Winner of the BDT/Big W Christmas Tree Display Competition, Belinda Pascoe, says"the bigger the better" is the answer to a great tree.

Mrs Pascoe, who bought the four metre tall tree three years ago, was contacted by the BDT on Friday to be told she had won the competition.

"I thought someone was having a joke with me," Mrs Pascoe said yesterday. She said it took five minutes for it to sink in that she was the winner of the inaugural competition.

Mrs Pascoe said the tree had to be put together by three people, and took a full day to decorate. "My husband actually had to take parts out of the tree to get it to fit.

"This year's has a little less decorations than usual, but still you have to have a tree." The prize of two $500 Wish Cards also comes at a perfect time.

"I can finish off my Christmas shopping now," she said, "and I could probably do with just a few more decorations."

"I have to share it with my daughter, she helped put the tree up." Mrs Pascoe said she liked the old world look of the tree and stuck with the traditional red and gold Christmas decorations.

"I must say, It's meaningful to just do this for a change. It's always about the outside of the house."

Big W Manager Peter Simmons said the tree was "perfect". "We got down to about eight trees, and then we knocked them out one by one," MrSimmons said.

"I think the size of the tree... it's a perfect tree. "It looked like something out of an American movie." Mr Simmons said what made the tree a winner was that it was not over the top.

"There's definitely a lot of people out there that spend a lot of money on their trees." The BDT's advertising manager, Peter Keenan, said he was happy with the response the competition had received.

He said the BDT had received more than 100 entries from people across the city with a diverse range of trees.
"I'm just happy with the response," he said.

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