Village Christmas tree is festive beacon

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A THUMBS-UP has been given to Newstead’s civic Christmas tree by youngsters from the village’s primary school.

Local children boosted the crowds at the official lights switch-on on Tilford Road last week — and have been drawn to the tree ever since as the festive season gets into full swing.

The guest of honour at the switch-on was the Mayor of Gedling, Coun Patricia Andrews (Con), who is a member of Gedling Borough Council representing Newstead.

Entertainment was provided by the award-winning Newstead Brass Band, who are based in the village. The small, but vocal, crowd was invited to sing along to favourite Christmas carols.

Festive refreshments, including mince pies and mulled wine, were served up, while stalls selling items from jewellery to hand-made Christmas decorations were set up inside the nearby Newstead Centre, which is also on Tilford Road.

Coun Trish Wise, chairman of Newstead Parish Council, said: “The switch-on was a good night and the children loved the tree.

“The crowd wasn’t massive but everyone made their voices heard and helped us kick-start the Christmas celebrations in the village.”

Coun Wise went on to tell the Dispatch that she hoped the festive switch-on ceremony and celebration could be made bigger in the future.

She said: “Years ago, the church used to have a horse-drawn sleigh that carried Santa Claus through the village. I would like to get back to that.

“It was loved by young and old and I am sure it would be popular if we could revive it.”

OUR PHOTO shows youngsters from the village school in Newstead admiring the tree — DISPIC NHUD11-