Xmas tree festival is a real cracker

Sisters Phoebe, five, and Imogen Holmes, seven, take a closer look at one of the trees. (121206AM4)

Sisters Phoebe, five, and Imogen Holmes, seven, take a closer look at one of the trees. (121206AM4)

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Organisers of the Boroughbridge and District Community Care’s annual Christmas Tree Festival have praised the high standard of entries in this year’s competition.

The festival was held at St James’s Church in the town on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, with a wide-range of entries from local clubs, organisations, businesses, schools and individuals.

A spokesman said: “As always the standard of entries was very high and a tremendous amount of both ingenuity and effort went into every tree.

“Some trees had a message or story to tell, some were humorous, and others reflected the hobbies or creative talents of the group that made the decorations, while some trees captured the extravagance of Christmas time.”

The event was rounded-off with a procession led by Santa to the Carols on the Square event on Hall Square where the winners were announced.

The spokesman said: “It was an extremely close run contest in both the adult and children’s classes but the eventual winners in the adult class were the Boroughbridge branch of the Mothers Union and in the children’s class the trophy went to Boroughbridge Primary School.

“The whole weekend brought out the real community spirit that exists in our local area and Communicare (aka Boroughbridge and District Community Care) would like to thank everyone who put in a tree and everyone who came along to support us over the weekend.

“Without the tremendous support received from the community it would be much more difficult for Communicare to carry on doing such vital work.

“A heartfelt thank you to everyone and congratulations to the winners.”