Hunstanton’s Christmas trees shine bright

Hunstanton’s Christmas trees shine bright
Pictures: Ian Burt

Thirty trees stood loud and proud at Hunstanton Town Hall for the annual event last weekend (6th to 8th December).

A number of local groups and charities decorated their trees for a chance to win the coveted prize of best senior and junior tree as voted for by the public over the three-day extravaganza.

Hunstanton RNLI scooped the prize for best adult entry while Hunstanton Primary School took home the gong for best junior entry.


Jenny Chapman & (R) Diana Hallard.

The event, organised by Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts (HDFA), was opened by mayor Tony Bishopp who also brought along characters from the Hunstanton Pantomime of Peter Pan. There were also characters from the Princess Theatre’s production of Dick Wittington on hand to entertain the visitors.


Princess Theatre pantomime cast members from Dick Whittington And His Wonderful Cat, Hannah Kiss (Alice) & Tom Shiles (Dick Whittington).

Father Christmas took time out of his busy schedule to welcome children into his grotto at the event. Hunstanton Community Choir were also on hand to sing suitably festive tunes.

HDFA member Christine Earnshaw said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s event for making it such a lovely spectacle.

“Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the festival and we want to make it extra special.”


Cast members from the Hunstanton Pantomime of Peter Pan.

The winners of the HDFA’s Shop Window Display Competition were also announced, with Kemps Fruit & Veg shop scooping the top prize. The YMCA Charity Shop and Sense Charity Shop scooped second and third place respectively. They each won a certificate and £20’s worth of wine or a voucher.

There were 48 entrants in total and runners up included Candy & Cream Sweetshop, Illusions hairdressers, Hunstanton Pet Shop, Scent with Love Florist, The Salvation Army Charity Shop and The Norfolk Deli.


Rachel Briscoe with her knitted Dick Whittington's

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