BRITAIN may be in the grip of a record-breaking heatwave but that has not stopped one pub from kicking off the festive season early.
The Air Balloon in Filton, near Bristol, put up a Christmas tree last Thursday while the town baked in temperatures of 70F (21C).
There may be still 136 days to go until Christmas but the fake fi r is already decorated with gold and silver baubles.
And landlady Joanne Johnson admitted she would have put it up even earlier if it had not been for the World Cup.
“Last year I put up the tree in July,” she said. “But I delayed it a bit this year because of the World Cup.”