Town’s annual tree festival expected to attract thousands

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More than 7,000 visitors are expected to turn out for the Sudbury Christmas Tree Festival, which will be officially opened on Tuesday night.

Ninety-one trees will be decorated and strung with lights for the annual five-day event in St Peter’s on Market Hill.

Taking part are 22 schools, nurseries and playgroups, youth groups and church organisations, as well as 21 businesses.

Adding to the atmosphere of the decorated trees in St Peter’s will be choirs, organists and other musicians, who will perform throughout the week.

Organised by the town’s rotary clubs, the festival will be open to the public between Wednesday and Saturday, from 10am to 7pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Admission is £1 for adults, with children under 12 free.

The beneficiaries of this year’s festival, chosen by Sudbury Rotary Club and Sudbury Talbot Rotary Club, are Action for Children, Age UK, Chilton Care Centre, the Eden Rose Project, Hillside Special School, Sudbury Newstalk, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the Friends of St Peter’s.