They have made us a bit of a laughing stock with this treeJoe Thompson, local plumber Leicester council admitted the tinsel they had ordered had bent the tree’s branchesCredit:Twitter/@lisaahamps But now council chiefs have admitted the tinsel they had ordered was “actually really thick” and had bent the tree’s branches.One local, Daniel O’Donovan said the tree was “embarrassing” and described it as “five baubles and half a tree of tinsel”.Retired teacher Judy Baker, 69, said: “You either have to decorate it all in one go or leave it bare until you are ready because it just looked a shambles. It was more like the leaning tree of Leicester.”Joe Thompson, a 31-year-old plumber, said: “They have made us a bit of a laughing stock with this tree.”Leicester City Council spent £4,800 on the Christmas tree, which is from the Kielder forest in Northumberland. Workmen using a cherry picker have now removed the tinsel and started decorating the tree again.Sarah Harrison, city centre director at Leicester City Council, said it was a “long, complicated job” to make the city look “beautifully festive”.She added: “They’ve obviously put the tinsel on the top of the tree first and realised the branches were being bent out of place.”We’ve got hundreds and hundreds of multicoloured LED tealights this year which are all new, so we are going to put those on first.”We are going to put the baubles on and then we are going to take a view as to whether the tinsel has got a place on the tree or not.”The council has allocated £220,000 to the Christmas decorations budget, including an extra £50,000 to update fixtures and fitting across the city. A city’s Christmas tree has been left half decorated after council bosses admitted the tinsel that was bought was “too heavy”.The 50ft (15m) festive centrepiece in Leicester city centre was widely mocked when it was erected last week.Pictures taken by disappointed locals show the tree appearing to be bending to one side, with just the top section covered by tinsel.Some onlookers suggested that workmen had forgotten to finish it, while others thought the decorations had been stolen. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.