School Christmas tree vanishes after festival

WHERE IS OUR TREE? Woodhall Primary schoolchildren with deputy head teacher Helen Arbon.

WHERE IS OUR TREE? Woodhall Primary schoolchildren with deputy head teacher Helen Arbon.

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The mysterious disappearance of a Sudbury school’s entry into a popular Christmas tree festival has left pupils devastated.

Youngsters from Woodhall Primary School in Mayflower Way spent hours carefully creating the decorations which hung on their tree during the town’s Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter’s.

For five days last week the tree was admired by hundreds of visitors to the event and after the final day on Sunday, was due to be collected and returned to the school on Monday.

But when chairman of governors Hazel Crane went to pick up the tree it was nowhere to be seen.

“It seems to be a case of the mysterious disappearing Christmas tree,” said Jane Sharp, headteacher at Woodhall Primary.

“Mrs Crane thought she was going mad when she could not find the tree, but there is no trace of it.”

Mrs Sharp said pupils aged between four and 11 had devoted class time to making tree decorations and were looking forward to its return.

“I don’t know what has happened to it, but it leaves the children without their tree and decorations,” she said. “They are not impressed.”

Malcolm Offord, organiser of the festival and Rotary Club of Sudbury member, said he did not think the tree had been stolen and had not contacted police.

But he did admit the disappearance was “strange”.

“I do not think someone would take it,” Mr Offord said.

“I have phoned and asked people about it who had trees nearby, but nobody saw anything untoward. It is extremely weird and it is a great shame.”

He added the school had been offered free entry into next year’s festival. Sudbury Garden Centre have presented pupils with a replacement.

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