March 9 2014 Latest news:
Monday, December 16, 2013
Sheringham’s fourth annual Christmas tree festival has been attracting hundreds of people to see a sparkling display of 40 trees adorned with decorations ranging from snowmen and angels, to tins of baked beans and rubber ducks.
The six-day event, which last year raised more than £6,000, featured trees representing charities and good causes including Macmillan Cancer Care, North Norfolk Riding for the Disabled, Sheringham After Breast Cancer group and Quidenham Children’s Hospice.
Trees decked with traditional tinsel and baubles lined up next more unusual displays, including a tree hung with West Highland terriers by supporters of Dogs for the Disabled and one strung with cut-out tins of corned beef, ham and pineapple by Cromer Food Bank volunteers.
Particularly popular with festival-goers was the Friends of Kelling Hospital tree, which featured rubber duck doctors and nurses dangling above a duck nativity scene.
Visitors also had a chance to buy Christmas gifts from stained glass to chocolates, tuck into festive fare, take part in a raffle to win an original painting of St Peter’s by well-known local artist Martin Sexton, and enjoy performances by local piano, accordion and guitar soloists.
Other entertainment was provided by north Norfolk groups including Jefferson’s Mandolins, Sheringham Primary School choir and the Sing for Joy choir, with Cromer and Sheringham Silver Band and St Peter’s Church choir hosting an evening concert on Saturday.
The festival ends tomorrow, Tuesday December 17, with a carol service led by Sheringham Evening Women’s Institute, followed by performances from local musicians and singers.
St Peter’s church warden Christine Handley hoped numbers attending the festival would equal, or even top, last year’s total.
“The trees looked fantastic, we have had lovely entertainment and the many people involved have done an absolutely brilliant job,” she said.