Thousands flock to St Peter’s to raise £4,000

Christmas cheer was in abundance as an annual festival raised £4,000 in support of good causes.

The Sudbury Christmas Tree Festival, which ran from Wednesday to Sunday at St Peter’s, attracted thousands of visitors.

Undeterred by snow, wind and rain, people flocked to the former church for the chance to marvel at 90 decorated trees.

Valerie Goodchild, one of the organisers of the festival, which is put on by Sudbury Talbot and Sudbury Rotary Clubs, said she estimated more than 3,000 adults, along with many more children, had seen the festive displays.

“This festival continues to be a focal point of Sudbury’s Christmas festivities and demonstrates what an amazing community we have here in our market town,” she said.

“So many people give up so much time and energy to making this event the success it is, and on behalf of our Rotary clubs we want to thank everyone for their support.”

Mrs Goodchild said the festival had drawn a strong turnout from the area’s primary schools, with some 800 pupils visiting in the first three days.

She added that the trees – entered by businesses and organisations within the town, including the Free Press – had been some of the best ever.

“The comments on the ingenuity of so many decorations was a talking point for many visitors, some of whom were even moved to tears by the poignant messages on some of the trees,” said Mrs Goodchild.

Money raised will be presented to The Friends of St Peter – which helps maintain the building – the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the two rotary clubs next year.