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3D advent calendar is Cromer’s latest alternative Christmas tree idea

PUBLISHED: 08:55 22 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:55 22 October 2014

A drawing of the proposed Christmas tree advent calendar in Cromer. Picture: SUBMITTED

A drawing of the proposed Christmas tree advent calendar in Cromer. Picture: SUBMITTED

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A giant 3-D advent calendar is expected to turn heads in Cromer town centre as the Christmas countdown begins.

A close up drawing of the proposed Cromer advent calendar Christmas tree. Picture: SUBMITTED A close up drawing of the proposed Cromer advent calendar Christmas tree. Picture: SUBMITTED

The town is gaining a reputation for its alternative churchyard Christmas trees and this year’s theme is no exception.

Organisers are planning to erect a seven-metre-tall green pyramid in the front of the churchyard, on Church Street, decorated with lights and 25 numbered wooden boxes, each on a festive theme.

Number one will be opened on December 1, just like a children’s advent calendar, and a new boxed scene will be revealed on each of the following 24 days. The back-lit boxes will all be placed at eye level, or lower, around the tree.

Some 15 of the 30cm x 40cm boxes have already been handed out to community groups for decorating at their own expense but Cromer Christmas Committee is keen to hear from other organisations, or individuals, who would like to take part. Members would also welcome sponsors to help cover the cost of materials used to make the tree and boxes.

The crab and lobster pot tree.  PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY The crab and lobster pot tree. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

It will be the third novelty Christmas tree in the churchyard, following a lobster and crab pot tree two years ago, and a fishing-net tree last year.

Jim Bond, one of the organisers, said there had been a mixed reaction to them.

“Some people loved them, some couldn’t see the point. We always have a traditional Christmas tree in the churchyard too and it will be there again this year," said Mr Bond.

Groups which have already taken boxes for the advent tree include Cromer Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild, Cromer WI, About With Friends, Cromer In Bloom, Cromer Pier, Cromer Methodist Church and Cromer and District Foodbank.

Cromer fishing net Christmas tree Cromer fishing net Christmas tree

The final box will be decorated by Cromer Parish Church and will be opened after Christmas Eve’s midnight service.

For more information ring Cromer Town Council clerk Julie Chance on 01263 512254 or email clerk@cromertown.org

Are you planning an unusual public Christmas event? Contact alex.hurrell@archant.co.uk

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