Thousands visit town’s first ever tree festival
HELMSLEY’S first ever Christmas Tree Festival has been hailed a success – welcoming more than 2,500 visitors and raising thousands of pounds.
The festival, held in Helmsley’s All Saints’ Church, featured 30 individually decorated trees.
More than £4,000 was raised in voluntary donations which will now be split between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity, All Saints’ Church and organisers Helmsley in Business.
Most of the trees came from nearby Duncombe Park, and all were creatively decorated by a business or organisation in the town.
They included an eye-catching tree from Porters Coffee Shop complete with teabags, coffee cups and teaspoons, while Carlton Lodge bed and breakfast used mini fried breakfasts, soap and tiny coat hangers, and Depth Charge Design had masks of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge decorating its tree.
Chris Garnett, chairman of the Helmsley in Business group, said: “It was great to see all the businesses and organisations in the town pulling together. The feedback we received from visitors made all the hard work worthwhile – thousands of people aged from two to 92 enjoyed seeing the display which made our already beautiful church even more spectacular.”
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