Panto comes to the Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival...
At 1.30 pm on Friday 12 December two characters from the Theatre Royal panto, Cinderella, will visit the Christmas Tree Festival at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, to judge the best decorated tree. The Cloisters will be filled with beautifully lit and decorated trees for the second annual Christmas Tree Festival. The Festival opens on Wednesday 10 December and runs daily from 10 am to 6 pm until Sunday 14 December.
Local charities, such as St Nicholas Hospice, Samaritans, West Suffolk Blind Association and the Friends of Priory School, have been busy making and preparing decorations for their trees in the hopes that many visitors will come and enjoy the Festival. Although there is no charge to visit the Christmas Tree Festival it is hoped that visitors will make generous donations as these will be split between the participating charities.
Thanks to the generous support of local businesses, including main sponsors David Burr, the Angel Hotel, F Clutterham & Son and L Fulcher Funeral Service, Guildhall Dental and Greene and Greene, the event is bigger than last year’s with additional trees being decorated by children’s groups from the Cathedral.
‘The Christmas Tree Festival provides an opportunity for local charities to raise their profile and to generate some welcome additional funds at this important time of year,’ comments Sarah Friswell, PR Manager at the Cathedral. ‘The support of local businesses has been overwhelming and we are delighted to have the support of the Theatre Royal with their panto characters being the judges of the best decorated tree competition.’
In addition to the charities trees in the Cloisters there will a special tree inside the Cathedral where people can leave prayers and messages for loved ones.
Refreshments will be available in the Refectory from Wednesday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm and the Cathedral Shop is also open offering Christmas decorations, cards, candles and gift ideas. Special Christmas cards incorporating the Christmas Tree Festival design will be on sale priced £5 for a pack of 10. Profits from the sales of the cards will also be split between the participating charities.