Brierley Hill Festival of Christmas Trees 2013, a set on Flickr.
Seriously. You have to go and see it.
Brierley Hill Festival of Christmas Trees got underway today (Saturday 7th December), and it runs until next Sunday (15th December).
It was a privilege to be asked to open the Festival and to turn on the lights. Humbling too.
At least 28 individuals, organisations and local businesses contributed a tree – a fantastic number for a festival which is in its first year. It is heartwarming when our local community comes together like this in Brierley Hill and it makes me very proud to live in the town.
Although you’ll spot from the pictures that I’m not the greatest of photographers, you can click on any image to see a Flickr slideshow of the trees. In truth to get the impact you have to go and see for yourself.
They came in all shapes and sizes, a wide range of materials and lots of different themes. But all were contributed with a generosity of spirit which is one of the great strengths of our town.
The contributors to this year’s festival were (in no particular order):
Bob and Maggie Titmus; Early Years Nursery, Adelaide Street; Brierley Hill Primary School Art Club; Brierley Hill Keep Fit Group; Brierley Hill Market Traders; Churches Together In Brierley Hill; Unit 67 Ltd, Developers; 3rd Brierley Hill Beavers; 3rd Brierley Hill Cubs; St Michael’s Flower Arrangers; Estrella Dance Academy; West Midland Chair Covers; Freeman’s Family Australia; St John’s Brockmoor, Messy Church; The Withers; Brierley Hill Civic Society; St John’s Brockmoor ‘Open the Book’; ‘Lest we forget’; Ann Bishop; The 3 C’s Group, Hawbush Memorial Tree; Stourbridge Flower Club; Christmas Cards to Each Other; Insight for Carers; Beryl Fisher; Noel Simpson; Brierley Hill Children’s Centre – ‘Sure Start’
Well done to all involved. Next year will be even better!