Ross High Rugby Club brought some Christmas cheer to famous Edinburgh department store Jenners by helping bring in the store’s Christmas tree once again – but the future of the annual tradition could be in doubt.

This year’s tree is a 36ft-high Norway spruce that was grown in Stirling. It was supplied by Conifox, which has provided Christmas trees for Edinburgh’s Christmas market and Leicester Square in London.

Ross High RFC has helped get the tree in place in Jenners for the past 13 years, a tradition which started after one former member had a connection to the company K2 which helps hoist the tree and put on the lights.

John Tinlin, Ross High Rugby Club president, said: “This year’s tree was not as big as it usually is but the guys all know the script.

“We have to take the tree in through the revolving doors at the front of the store since there is no other way to bring it in, so we need to be very careful.

“The doors are actually taken off so there is enough room. It was a tight squeeze but we managed.

“It was well wrapped, which made it a lot easier.”

Ross High sent a team of 17 along to help bring the tree into the iconic Princes Street store, with the whole process taking just 40 minutes.

John added: “It was quicker than usual.”

The team volunteer their time but are rewarded with pizza by the staff at Jenners.

The process is a very Scottish affair, with rugby club members wearing kilts and music performed on bagpipes.

Once the tree is brought in, staff from K2 abseil from the roof, helping to hoist it up and put the lights on – a process which takes place overnight.

The lights were turned on by five-year-old Chloe from Edinburgh Children’s Hospital, who won the opportunity through a charity auction.

Following reports that Jenners might leave Princes Street and moving to another city centre location, John added: “Hopefully the tradition goes ahead again next year as we have been a part of it for such a long time.”