Uckfield lit up by 70 trees

Children enjoy the trees. By Ron Hill
Children enjoy the trees. By Ron Hill
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More people than ever before arrived at Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, to admire 70 exhibits in the church’s annual Christmas Tree Festival.

Rev Canon Martin Onions said at least 5,350 people - adults and children - poured through church doors to admire the trees.

On Friday the Festival opened from 10am to 9pm; on Saturday it was open from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday from 11.30am to 4pm. There was a carol service at 4.30pm on Sunday.

Morning coffees, mince pies, lunches and afternoon teas were served in the Belmont Centre, next to the church, while the Festival ran.

Entertainment was provided in the church on Friday evening by BernardTagliavini. On Saturday, children were thrilled by the antics of Jimmy, the Juggling Jester, while adults enjoyed music from John Marsh, who played the organ, as well as performances from Kathryn Anderson, Beth Wllwood, Amy Davis and Duet Times.

On Sunday, Caroline Reed, Olly Muxworthy and Jeanne Russell and Anthony Roberts kept audiences enthralled while there was a final Christmas carol service at 4.30pm.

Rev Onions, who arrived at the Festival on his Suzuki GSXF 600 motor bike, pointed out this is the sixth Festival of Christmas Trees at Holy Cross Church and the 70 trees reflected the wide range of activities in the Uckfield area.

Money raised goes to the Children’s Society and contributes towards the £80,000-plus per annum which is the cost of keeping the church open. He said one of the trees, The Green DIY, was so admired it is going to be in a silent auction.

The Festival is now over for another year but organisers are already planning an even more remarkable Christmas Tree Festival for 2014.