Trees display grows to week-long festival

Vivian Park (left) and churchwarden Margaret Hill at an earlier Christmas Tree Festival at St Annes Parish Church
Vivian Park (left) and churchwarden Margaret Hill at an earlier Christmas Tree Festival at St Annes Parish Church

The biggest and best Charity Festival of Trees yet is set to bring a splash of festive colour to St Annes Parish Church over the next week.

The annual pre-Christmas event at the church has rapidly grown in popularity and scale in the few years since it was introduced and has been extended to a full seven days for the first time.

More than 20 trees sponsored by various charities, parish organisations and businesses will be on display starting tomorrow until next Friday, from 1pm to 5pm each day. Among them are a War Remembrance tree sponsored by the Royal British Legion to mark the centenary of the First World War’s outbreak.

For the first time this year, the Festival also incorporates an art exhibition featuring work by students from Arnold King Edward School.

Father Christmas will be in his grotto from tomorrow through to Sunday inclusive, while the event will also include a family variety concert featuring local choirs and other performers on Saturday evening from 7pm.

Tickets for the concert cost £3 for adults with children free, while admission to the tree festival is also free. Church warden Margaret Hill said: “We’ve expanded the event to involve even more of the community and are very much looking to it.”