Villagers celebrate having their own community Christmas tree

The new community Christmas tree at Asfordby EMN-141219-111738001
The new community Christmas tree at Asfordby EMN-141219-111738001
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Villagers at Asfordby have taken great pride in having their first community Christmas tree in several generations.

The 25-foot tree has been erected in Riverside Walk and crowds attended the ceremonial switching on of its lights.

Parish councillor Jim Pryce threw his weight behind a campaign to get a festive tree for Asfordby and he is delighted to see his hopes materialise.

“I don’t understand why it has taken all this time for us to have a tree in the village,” he said.

“I can’t remember us ever having had one in all my years in Asfordby so I put the idea to the parish council and had no resistance whatsoever.

“We need to get our village more invigorated and people seem to be very happy we have finally got our own Christmas tree here.”

Pupils at the village’s Captain’s Close School made decorations for the tree, using recycled materials.

Teachers treated the exercise as educational with elements of art and design being needed as well as science to ensure everything was waterproof.

Some of the decorations had a foreign touch, such as traditional German designs and Russian dolls, because the school has been studying how Christmas is celebrated internationally.

Head teacher Julia Hancock said: “The children have all seen the Christmas tree in Melton and they were so excited to have something special like that in their own village.”