Hundreds expected at second Christmas Tree Festival

HUCKNALL’S second annual Christmas Tree Festival is hoping to be at the root of the Yuletide celebrations in the town when it launches on Carnival night.

Organisers are expecting more than 60 trees to light up Hucknall Parish Church when the four-day festival opens at 6 pm on Wednesday December 7.

The initiative is the brainchild of Janet Archer, of Specsavers on Hucknall High Street.

The festival encourages local schools, groups, community organisations and businesses to decorate trees to their own theme.

Last year’s debut was blighted by the same heavy snow that forced the cancellation of the Carnival but still attracted 700 visitors.

This year, it promises to be bigger and better, with money raised from a minimum donation of £5 for taking part going to Hucknall Rotary Club to benefit local causes.

Said Janet: “This is a real community event and is put on for everyone in the town. A lot of effort goes into decorating the trees and it is very much appreciated.

“Everyone is encouraged to pay the festival a visit and see for themselves.”

A new feature will be a visitors’ tree that has been donated by Hucknall’s Conservative MP, Mark Spencer, and will start the festival completely bare. Anyone going along to the event is invited to hang their home-made baubles or sentimental decorations. It is hoped the tree can later be displayed at the neighbouring John Godber Centre on Ogle Street.

The Christmas Tree Festival is open on Thursday December 8 and Friday December 9 from 10 am to 12 midday, 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm.

It is also open on Saturday December 10 from 10 am to 12 midday.

There will be children’s activities available, including decoration-making workshops, which are being run by the Market Place Children’s Centre.

Prizes are up for grabs for the trees deemed to be the best.