It is a task that can frustrate people at this time of year.

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But help is at hand today for anyone who needs their Christmas gifts wrapped – as a free service provides a generous festive gesture to local people.

Members of Lowestoft’s churches will unite once more in Lowestoft town centre to wrap shoppers’ presents between 10am and 4pm today.

The volunteers, from Lowestoft and District Christians Together, are hoping that after a record-breaking amount of gifts were wrapped last year, a large number of people will flock to their stall in London Road North once more, where the Christmas present wrapping service will be provided to shoppers.

And with all the effort, paper, sticky tape, gift bags and labels provided free of charge, the volunteers hope that hundreds of gifts will end up being wrapped.

Margaret Poppey, chairman of Christians Together in Lowestoft and District, said: “We are looking forward to it. We are going to be outside the Britten Centre (in London Road North), opposite WH Smith from 10am onwards. Lots of people turned out last year, and each year the momentum has built as we have wrapped more and more presents – with last year being the busiest day to date. But we are expecting to wrap even more presents this year.”

She added: “The service is completely free of charge and is available to anyone in the town, and shoppers who come into Lowestoft town centre. So come along and get your presents wrapped – its gives us great joy to do that.”

Each wrapped present will come with its own label, and every person who uses the free service will be given information on the local churches in case they want to join them or find out what they have to offer.

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