Tree-mendous display at All Saints festival

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The popular biennial Christmas Tree Festival in Leighton Buzzard’s historic All Saints church takes place on November 27-29 – and it is going to be a record one!

Organiser Janet Wenborn is expecting 86 trees to be on display this year, topping the last total by quite a wide margin.

“The theme is a A Christmas Carol and we leave it to those taking part to interpret it in their own way,” said Mrs Wenborn. “This year I know we have some unusual slants on the topic, including a 7ft fireplace, a kayak and a sleigh ride! I am looking forward to seeing how others have risen to the challenge.

“The event will be opened by Richard Genochio, chairman of the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust at 11am on Friday, and I hope there will be plenty of people there to welcome him. Children from Pulford school will be singing.”

Because of demand, and the fact that it is Leighton Buzzard’s shopping weekend, All Saint has extended the opening times this year, and it will be open until 9pm on the Friday, on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

The trees are provided by local groups, churches and charities. Admission is free but it is hoped all attending will make a donation to All Saints Preservation Trust, which is funding much of the work on the ancient building.

They will provide an unusual backdrop to the church’s Advent Carol service at 6pm on November 29, which begins in the dark and ends in light as the story of events leading to the birth of Christ are told in word and music.