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8 Town & Around January 2019                                                      Tel: 01485 540620 email:
        Hunstanton Christmas Tree Festival –                 Pre-Christmas fun in St Edmund’s
        best yet!                                            Terrace

        Ann McKimm
             he Tree designers excelled themselves at this years Christmas
             Tree  Festival  in  Hunstanton.  Visitors  mentioned  the  high
        Tstandards of the competitors and the unusual nature of their
          There were 30 trees on display. These included a clever upside-
        down Tree from the Red Hat Ladies, an origami tree of birds from
        Glebe School and a Dickens themed Christmas Carol Tree from the

                                                             Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs joined in some pre-Christmas fun
                                                             on 2nd December switching on the lights at the Princess Theatre.
                                                              During the day visitors to St Edmund’s Terrace enjoyed a fairground
                                                             ride, side shows, mulled wine and music from the acoustic trio Kill
                                                             Me Date and children of all ages visited Father Christmas in his grotto.
                                                              Over forty members of Mike Tandy’s Rock Choir entertained in the
                                                             early evening and they are pictured below with Mike conducting.
           Photo: Rae Steward

        local One Act Play Drama Festival.
          Father Christmas arrived to give out gifts on Sunday and he was met
        by Town Mayor Amanda Bosworth, the Town Cryer, and lots of happy
        local children who attended this
        free event.
          Festival   Director   Steve
        Hayter said, “We are delighted
        with the standard this year and
        we  have  had  more  than  500
        people  coming  through  the
        doors to view the Festival and
        casting  their  votes  for  their
        favourite trees.”                                    Ugly Duckling to Silver Swan!
          Winner of the cash prize was
        the  RSPCA  Tree  made  in  the
        shape  of  a  large  dog  which                        have always thought that I was reasonably fit with gardening, dog
        received the most votes, closely                       walking and the allotment but a recent photo came as a reality
        followed  by  the  Harry  Potter                     Icheck.  I am round shouldered, have a definite tum and my balance
        Tree entered by the Hunstanton                       is not as good as it used to be.  What to do about it?  I couldn’t sum up
        Scouts  who  won  the  junior                        the energy to go to the Oasis and my self imposed exercise regime
        prize. The Committee vote for                        failed.  Then I saw an advert for the Silver Swans class - exercises
        the  most  original  tree  went  to                  based on ballet for the over 50s - and thought I would give it a try.
        Glebe School for their Origami                       From day one I was hooked!
                                                               The classes are run by Fiona Fretwell, a qualified ballet teacher and
        Birds of Peace Tree made by the                      we do the exercises that every ballerina does in training.  Very gentle
        children.                                            but improving your core strength and balance.  Fiona is an excellent
          The HDFA Chairperson said,                         teacher  explaining  the  purpose  behind  each  exercise  with  a  light
        “We thank everyone for taking                        hearted approach which puts us all at ease.  We are various shapes, sizes
        part in this happy event” and she                    and ages but we are all improving and noticing the difference in our
        thanked   the   team   of                            postures.
        hardworking volunteers who ran                         I don’t think that I shall be ordering my tutu just yet, but thanks to
        the  three  day  event  led  by                      Fiona I don’t feel such an ugly duckling!
        Christine Earnshaw.
          Full  details  of  the  winning                    Canny Jones
        entries  can  be  found  at                          For further details contact Fiona  or  Facebook                        Phone:  07718 521338
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