Giant Christmas tree floated on Diss Mere

Festive preparations stepped up a gear in Diss today with the floating of a large Christmas tree on the town's iconic mere.

A crowd gathered around the town centre waterbody to welcome the addition of a 20ft high tree, which will be lit up at the same time as the annual Christmas lights switch-on event in Diss on Thursday night.

The floating Christmas tree has been a tradition followed by the members of the Diss Rotary Club for the last 20 years.

John Gallen, past president of the club, said the local Rotarians were keen to do their bit in the community and the tree was a popular part of the town's illuminations.

'It is a complicated operation [to float the Christmas tree] but we have developed a method that makes it relatively simple providing the weather is good,' he said.

The Christmas tree was lifted on to Diss Mere using a digger and was shifted into place using a rowing boat. The tree was donated by local man Dennis Cross.

The Diss Rotary Club meet every Tuesday at the Park Hotel in Diss from 6.30pm. The town's Christmas lights will be turned on by cabaret star Savannah Love from 6.45pm on Thursday.

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