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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Dalton Christmas tree festival

DALTON’S renowned Christmas tree festival has kicked off the town’s festive celebrations.
St Mary’s Church opened its doors to the public at a preview event last night.
More than 50 charities, organisations and schools have personalised their own trees to feature in the festival, now in its fifth year.
This year, participants were asked to decorate trees in-keeping with the “turn a page” theme to mark 2008 as the “Year of the Book”.
Some trees take their inspiration from fairy-tales and bed-time story books, while other groups have adopted a less traditional approach to decorating, with one tree covered in travel brochures.
There are a further 11 trees in Duddon Road Methodist Church, Askam, and for the first time this year, there are 10 miniature trees in Dalton Castle.
Donation buckets are placed at the bottom of the trees to encourage festival-goers to dig deep and support different causes.
Jean Edmonson, festival co-ordinator believes 2008 could the best year yet.
She said: “As usual, the support has been brilliant and everyone who has taken part in decorating a tree has put in a lot of effort.
“We are hoping for even more visitors than last year to come and take a look. Hopefully like other years it will be a huge success and we can raise money for the charities with the donation buckets.”
Last year’s event was featured on BBC Look North West and in 2006 it made the Daily Telegraph’s list of top 10 Christmas attractions.
The festival will open officially tomorrow (Sun) and will be open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 7pm in the build-up to Christmas.
Dalton Town Council and Dalton Festival Association are involved in the project which is aimed at further building up the town as a major national attraction over the festive season.
The spectacular Christmas festivities start at 2pm tomorrow with a carol service at St Mary’s Church.
A Christmas market will open in the church grounds at 5pm and a parade led by the Barracudas carnival band will proceed from Tudor Square at 5.10pm towards Market Place for the lights switch-on, carols and fireworks.
See Monday’s Evening Mail for full coverage of the event.

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