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Helmsley Christmas Tree Festival Hailed A Success


12:38pm 17th January 2014

Helmsley’s popular Christmas Tree Festival brought in the crowds for a second year running, raising more than £2,700 for good causes.

The festival, which was open in Helmsley’s All Saints’ Church every day between December 6th and 19th, showcased 30 individually decorated trees which had each been creatively interpreted by different organisations in the town along the theme of Christmas Carols.

This year the event also included a festive trail to take around the town, where visitors counted up the number of teddies in the Christmas window displays to be entered into a prize draw. A Big Day of Festive Fun was also held on 7th December, to mark the UK’s first Small Business Saturday.

It is believed that around 2,000 people visited the festival in the two weeks it ran. Although entrance to the event was free, £2,700 was made in voluntary donations which will be split between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity, St Catherine’s Hospice, All Saints’ Church and organisers Helmsley in Business, which aims to help keep the market town booming by holding future events.

Chris Garnett, chairman of the Helmsley in Business group, said: “It has been great to see that our second Christmas Tree Festival has been so successful. We were inundated with visitors across the two weeks, and feedback is that it was enjoyed by locals but also people from across Yorkshire and even further afield - we had at least one family from Lincoln who had specifically come to see the festival. Everyone commented that it was a lovely, festive, free thing to do as a family.

“We’re also delighted that the event raised such a lot of money for so many worthy causes. The Helmsley in Business group is determined to ensure our town thrives and continues to be the lovely place it currently is to live, work and visit. Events like this encourage people into the town to see what our many wonderful independent businesses can offer, as well as helping us to raise vital funds to allow us to put on future events. We’ve already got lots in the pipeline for 2014, so watch this space!”

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