Appeal made for groups to back Christmas tree event

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A festive-themed appeal has been made to community groups, churches and schools to join in with a new Christmas Tree Festival.

The Rotary Club of Alnwick, in conjunction with Alnwick Playhouse, is behind the seasonal event.

The aim is to have a display of trees at the theatre and arts centre, on Bondgate Without, from Saturday, December 13, to Sunday, December 21.

As part of this, Rotarian Ken Moore is urging schools, churches and community organisations in the town to back the event by decorating trees.

He said: “The trees would be seen by patrons of the Playhouse visiting the café, box office and attending shows.

“When the trees are lit, they will be visible from outside and should look rather special.

“The festival is free and it could become an exciting annual Christmas event.

“I have seen such an event at the Methodist Chapel in Westerhope. It was only over a weekend before Christmas and it looked very nice.

“I thought that we should give it a go to get the community involved.”

Those taking part must decorate their tree in a way that promotes and depicts their role and activities within the community.

Any tree, which should be artificial, must conform to certain specifications, such as height and spread.

Those who participate can decide whether they want their tree to be lit or not.

The trees can be free-standing, if tall, or on a stand, if small, although the stand must be provided by the creators.

For more details and to register your interest, contact Ken by calling 01665 605182 or email