Friendship theme for tree festival

Prince Charles in Bedfordshire last Christmas.

Prince Charles in Bedfordshire last Christmas.

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Volunteers armed with adornments and tinsel are preparing for Bedford’s annual Christmas Tree Festival.

More than 60 trees will be decorated in the theme of Friendship Through Sport for the display in St Paul’s Church.

There will also be two trees of rememberance, where people can hang decorations dedicated to their loved ones, who have passed away.

Each tree is about 5ft tall and will be decorated by voluntary services organisations, local businessess and schools.

The festival was first held in 2001, and has since raised more than £98,000 for charity.

Last year the festival was visited by HRH Prince Charles as part of his visit to Bedfordshire.

After admiring the trees he went on to talk to members of the various groups gathered, and spoke to school children.

As part of this year’s festival, there will be a Classics at Christmas concert by The London Ensemble, on Friday, December 5, at 7.30pm.

The non-drop trees will be available to buy from 11am to noon on Monday, December 8 for £10.

All proceeds from the event, open from Wednesday, December 3 to Sunday, December 7, will be split between the Bedford Hospitals Charity and the church.

For information about admission times, ticket prices and booking, go to www.bedfordhospitalcharity.org.uk/treefest, or call 01234 783181.