A FORMER Wangaratta resident who stole a pine tree in his youth has returned with a plan to replace the missing tree.
Lindsay Morrison, now of Toowoomba, Queensland plans to confess his crime to the Rural City of Wangaratta council in an effort to plant a new tree in the gap in Golf Links Lane.
“I thought it was about time I ‘fessed up to it,” Mr Morrison said.
A Vietnam veteran and retired Queensland public servant, Mr Morrison said the decision to take the tree back in 1955 as a 12 year old, was fairly simple.
“It was just Christmas time and I went looking around for a tree,” he said.
“It was that small I used a little fret saw and we used it for a Christmas tree – it was ideal.
“I think I got a bit of a hiding for it, actually I’m sure I did, but we kept the tree.”