Story By: Kathryn Quinn, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Christmas tree-shaped bollards are set to be introduced at a German Christmas market this year in a festive bid to stop terrorist attacks.
Instead of the usual large, square grey blocks often found outside entrances to many Christmas markets across Germany to stop terrorists, these green coloured Christmas tree-shaped bollards can be seen.
Jurgen Beck, 63, from Bexbach, a town in the Saarpfalz district, in Saarland, Germany designed the Christmas tree bollards for his company Poller, which produces anti-terror bollards.
He said: “The idea came to me in summer when I was at a folk festival in Bavaria. There I saw bollards which were in the shape of beer glasses. I thought that was very creative. So I started thinking about a Christmas option.”
Now his company has produced seventy bollards in the shape of Christmas trees consisting of four parts.
He said: “Each bollard consists of four individual parts attached via an iron bar. Each tree weight 3.1 tonnes, is 1.8 metres high and are painted green.”
The first ten Christmas trees have been erected a Christmas market in the city of Essen in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
He said: “Essen is the first market to use these concrete Christmas trees. We still have plenty more.”
A spokesman for Essen Christmas market said: “These are used at the entrance to our markets. We wanted to use a more appealing design than the usual concrete blocks.
He said: “I have registered these as trademarks and have also registered two more I plan to develop including an anti-terror Father Christmas and a snowman which I will produce next year,”
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