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IRTON residents prepared to say goodbye to an 80-year-old tree today with a blessing service.

The healthy beech tree, which has been subject of a six-year legal battle costing North Yorkshire County Council £250,000, is set to be felled tomorrow after it was branded a public nuisance by a judge.

Rev Laura McWilliams, right, holds a short service with Irton residents for the 100year old beech tree on Main Street which is to be cut down tomorrow (Tuesday), following a lengthy legal battle between the villagers and a householder. Picture by Andrew Higgins  113811a   19/09/11

Rev Laura McWilliams, right, holds a short service with Irton residents for the 100year old beech tree on Main Street which is to be cut down tomorrow (Tuesday), following a lengthy legal battle between the villagers and a householder. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113811a 19/09/11

Around 30 Irton residents joined together next to the 55ft specimen for the service, led by Rev Laura McWilliams of St Martin’s Church, Seamer.

For more on this story read tomorrow’s Scarborough Evening News