The festive spirit was alive and well in Boroughbridge at the weekend when the town enjoyed the Boroughbridge and District Community Care annual Christmas tree festival and Carols on the Square.
The tree festival, held at St James’s Church, was first held in 2000 and has grown in popularity over the years.
This year a record number of 48 twinkling, themed Christmas trees decorated by local schools, businesses and community organisations lined the nave and the side aisles in the church.
A record number of visitors, including MP Andrew Jones and the Mayor and Mayoress of Boroughbridge, Coun Graham and Anne Archer, voted for their favourite tree in the two categories, adult and children, with the winners in each category receiving the Festival Shield to keep for the forthcoming year.
A spokesman for the competition said: “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.”
Boroughbridge Allotment Society scooped the winner’s shield with its imaginative tree which merged the themes of both Easter and Christmas, with Aldborough, Dunsforth and Boroughbridge WI Legion a close second with its striking tree promoting recycling, while Kirby Hill WI claimed third spot with its pink themed tree.
The shield for the best tree made by young people was won by Great Ouseburn Primary School with its cupcake Christmas tree, second place went to Marton cum Grafton Primary School and third place to Boroughbridge Cubs (Friday Group).
The rain just about held off as the whole weekend was rounded off with carols on Hall Square on Sunday evening when the winners were announced.
This year there were new trophies in both categories; the trophies in memory of Keith Trott were presented to the winners by Keith’s wife, Jacqui. Keith, who died earlier this year, was the founding chairman of BCC and he and Jacqui were the inspiration behind the annual Christmas tree festivals
The Christmas tree festival and Carols on the Square were organised by Boroughbridge and District Community Care (Communicare) with £1,500 raised for the charity which helps people of all ages in the local community.