Hungate Christmas Tree Festival returns for 15th year of festive fun

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A much-loved Christmas tree festival returned to Beccles over the weekend for its 15th year.

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Held at Hungate Church, the festival opened on Friday, November 24, at the same time as the town's Christmas lights switch on.

Brenda Sigsworth, one of the organisers of the event, explained its significance during the festive season.

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
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Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

She said: 'It is an opportunity for people of the town to come together to the benefit of Beccles.

'The Christmas tree festival is our contribution to the lights switch on.'

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

She added: 'Money from the event will be spread between local charities and charities supporting local people.'

'This year we had contributions from pre-schools and care homes and everything in between.'

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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Over the course of the weekend visitors voted on their favourite Christmas trees.

Worlingham CEVC Primary School won the young people category with its Noah's Ark themed tree.

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

In the adult category the top prize went to The Jewellery Room for its 'A Woodland Christmas Tree'.

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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