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Get Creative And Get Decorating Those Trees Now
It's not really that long to go till Christmas if you think about it. And to help generate that festive feeling even further, people in the Staffordshire market town of Tamworth are being invited to get involved early in the joyous tradition of decorating the Christmas tree. Tamworth's annual Christmas Tree Festival will take place between Friday 18 November and Friday 25 November and is expected to result in dozens of dazzlingly decorated trees going on display throughout St Editha's Church in the town's main market area for all to see.

Tamworth Christmas Tree Festival
Some of the dazzling Christmas trees in last year's festival


Organisers of this year's festival are calling upon businesses, schools, local groups and individuals throughout Tamworth to join in the annual event by decorating a Christmas tree. The popular tradition coincides with the switching on of the Christmas lights in St Editha's Square on Sunday 20 November 20 while also raising valuable funds for the church. A space can be booked in the church for each individual tree at a cost of just 10, with people able to bring their own trees whether real or artificial. Trees can also be decorated in any way, including traditional, themed or reflective of the business, school or group in question. However, the church cannot supply mains power so any lights must be battery operated. Decorating will take place on November 17 and 18, between 9.30am and 5pm, with an opening ceremony on the Friday evening at 6pm.

St Editha's Church
St Editha's Church in Tamworth


The Christmas Tree Festival will then be open to the public until Friday 25 November, including throughout the Christmas lights switch on event on November 20. St Editha's Church Parish Office administrator, Gwen Wilkinson, said: "Since the festival began more than 10 years ago we have displayed hundreds of Christmas trees in St Editha's Church and members of the public have come in and voted for their favourite. Please help to make this year's festival the best ever." Application forms to take part in the Christmas Tree Festival are available from the Parish Office at 29 Church Street, Tamworth, St Editha's Church book shop, or via email at stedithas@btconnect.com

St Editha's Church, Tamworth
The usual interior of St Editha's Church. By Rob Farrow, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9278697


The Christmas lights switch on event starts at 1pm with festivities continuing throughout the day from 1pm including live music, fairground rides, a festive market, treasure hunt, a nativity, walkabout characters, dance performances, face painting and personal appearances at intervals from Paw Patrol's Chase and Marshall in Ankerside Shopping Centre. Music will centre around the Touch FM stage in St Editha's Square, featuring live performances from a range of acts from 2pm, including The Glamophones, Matilda Pratt, Tamworth Voices, Glenn Chevannes and dancers, Just Perform, and Tamworth Pantomime Company. Elsewhere, Tamworth Sixth Form Dance Company will perform under the Town Hall in Market Street.

A Christmas market will line George Street with a range of stalls selling gifts, crafts, novelties, local produce and festive food. Then, at 5pm, Tamworth town centre will be bathed in festive cheer when the lights are switched on. The switch on has been organised by Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team as part of the town's calendar of free outdoor events. Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Ken Norchi, said: "The annual Christmas Tree Festival has become a firm tradition and is a great addition to the Christmas lights switch on. Seeing the church packed full of sparkling Christmas trees is a real sight to behold and I'm looking forward to this year's creations."
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Why? Get Decorating Christmas Trees Early
When: 18-25 November 2016
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: St Editha's Church, 29 Church Street, Tamworth B79 7BX
Cost: 10 to enter a Christmas tree
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