Tree appeal for church festival

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ORGANISERS of an annual Christmas tree festival are appealing for unwanted artificial trees, lights and decorations for this year’s event.

Judy Eden is looking to build on the festival’s impressive collection, which boasts 231 trees.

The event – in its seventh year – attracted about 20,000 visitors to St Peter and St Mary’s Church, in Stowmarket, over the festive season.

Mrs Eden said: “It’s a big tourist attraction. Virtually all of the trees have been donated, which we’re very grateful for.

“If anybody is planning to change their Christmas tree or decorations we would be very grateful for their old ones for this year. We would like them to be in good condition.

“It means we can do a bit of quality control as some of the trees could do with being replaced. Last year there was a big wow factor and it was really spectacular as people come through the doors.”

People can leave them in the church which will be open from Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm or contact the church office on (01449) 774652.