Great excitement yesterday afternoon at the Römer: Thomas Feda, Managing Director of Tourismus+Congress GmbH, received a call from Bad Orb. The tree baptized "Peter", which the city wanted to donate to the Frankfurt Christmas Market, proved to be untransportable. The heat of the summer had so badly affected the tree that its branches would not have survived the transport. It looked as if the date for erecting the tree on the Römerberg, which regularly attracts many onlookers, would have to be cancelled. But in Bad Orb a solution was worked on with united forces and at 17 o'clock it was certain: A replacement tree was felled.
This is not half as heavy as "Peter", but otherwise "Peter II" is a worthy replacement. 31 meters high and weighing 4 tons is the spruce that Bad Orbs Mayor Roland Weiß, together with citizens of the spa town and a delegation from the "Peter von Orb" theatre group, handed over to City Councillor Mike Josef. Josef, who accepted the tree on behalf of Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann, praised the efforts of all those who made it possible for the tree to be erected on time in Frankfurt. Roland Weiß was simply proud of his team and the fact that Bad Orb was able to donate a tree for the "most beautiful Christmas market" for the fourth time. And a very relieved Thomas Feda was just thankful for what was done in Bad Orb in such a short time.
All those who are now worried that "Peter I." will simply be disposed of now can be reassured. Benches and tables are made from his trunk for a "green classroom", which is donated to the Schullandheim Wegscheide near Bad Orb. Here, children have the opportunity to take part in outdoor ecological lessons. Also from "Peter II.", who like "Peter I." should have been felled anyway, after the 06.01., when its lights on the Römerberg finally extinguish, seating furniture for the "green classroom" are to become.
Until then the replacement tree will be decorated with about 4,000 LED lights and loops next week, after it was allowed to hang out for a few days. For the first time "Peter II:" will light up in full splendour on November 25th at the start of the Frankfurt Christmas Market 2019! We are looking forward to it!