23 July 2024

‘Let’s light up the church!’

By Rebecca Hannant

St Nicholas Church in Withernsea will host its first community Christmas tree festival this weekend.

As part of a bid to raise money for the newly restored church, the event will showcase 25 trees decorated by businesses, charities and organisations in the town.

Those taking part include St Matthew’s Church, the Royal British Legion, RNLI, Tamarix, The Lookout group, Withernsea Carnival, Promenaders, Withernsea High School, the Churches Conservation Trust, the Cubs and Scouts, Pavilion Pierrots, Aire Tackle and Supplies and the United Reformed Church. The Gazette will also have its own tree.

Each group will contribute £5 towards their display, which will be in aid of the Churches Conservation Trust. Hot drinks and mince pies are also available with funds going towards the war memorial clock restoration project and the friends of St Nicholas Church.

The display will be open on Saturday and Sunday, and admission is free. There will also be a fun vote for the top three Christmas Trees.

Organiser Darrin Stevens said: “Each tree will be allocated a spot in the church and will show off each of our local groups, clubs and businesses and they will be raising funds for their charities. We hope that they will be able to network with the people of Withernsea and each other.

“We also want to get the spirit of Christmas started and hope people can join us. Please bring a smile, and let’s light up St Nicholas Church.”