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Record number of Christmas trees at popular festival

PUBLISHED: 13:07 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 14:30 07 December 2018

Elsie and Olivia Moores, Lexie and Taylor Owen enjoying the twinkling trees  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Elsie and Olivia Moores, Lexie and Taylor Owen enjoying the twinkling trees Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A record number of Christmas trees are being showcased in Sudbury over five days and people are being encouraged to visit the town’s annual festival.

Lottie Piot put her christmas jumper on especially for the festival  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNLottie Piot put her christmas jumper on especially for the festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Sudbury Christmas Tree Festival, which is in its 16th year and is organised by Sudbury Rotary Club, started on Wednesday, December 5, and ends on Sunday, December 9.

A record total of 98 eye-catching trees, which have been decorated by schools, businesses, charities and other organisations, are on display in St Peter’s.

Malcolm Offord, organiser, said: “It’s looking fantastic. The more people come down and have a look then the more money we raise for charity.

“So many different organisations decorate trees, it covers the whole of Sudbury life. It’s that coming together which I think is really important.”

Manuela Petkova and Thomas Stone enjoying the christmas tree festival  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNManuela Petkova and Thomas Stone enjoying the christmas tree festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Hundreds of people are expected to visit the festival, including groups of school pupils from the local area.

The beneficiaries of this year’s festival will be East Anglian Air Ambulance, the Richmond Fellowship and Sudbury Befriending.

Matilda Walker next to her favourite tree  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNMatilda Walker next to her favourite tree Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Henri and Lottie Piot with Charlie Parslow at their favourite tree  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNHenri and Lottie Piot with Charlie Parslow at their favourite tree Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Visitors have a look round the beautiful festival  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNVisitors have a look round the beautiful festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Lottie Piot put her christmas jumper on especially for the festival  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNLottie Piot put her christmas jumper on especially for the festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Elsie and Olivia Moores, Lexie and Taylor Owen enjoying the twinkling trees  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNElsie and Olivia Moores, Lexie and Taylor Owen enjoying the twinkling trees Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Visitors take a look around the illuminated church  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNVisitors take a look around the illuminated church Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Messages on the tree of remembrance at Sudbury Christmas Tree festival  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNMessages on the tree of remembrance at Sudbury Christmas Tree festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Messages on the tree of remembrance at Sudbury Christmas Tree festival  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNMessages on the tree of remembrance at Sudbury Christmas Tree festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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