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Ipswich: Another modern tree unveiled at Christmas tree festival

PUBLISHED: 11:53 30 November 2012 | UPDATED: 14:55 30 November 2012

The Christmas tree festival at St Mary-le-Tower church in Ipswich. Terry Hunt officially opens the festival.

The Christmas tree festival at St Mary-le-Tower church in Ipswich. Terry Hunt officially opens the festival.

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THE annual Christmas Tree Festival opened last night in St Mary le Tower church – and it seems that it’s not just on the Cornhill that tradition has made way for a 21st century twist.

The Broomhill Pool Trust is exhibiting a Modernist style tree this weekend, befitting Ipswich’s Grade II listed Lido, which dates from 1938.

The tree was hand-crafted by staff at Genesis Orwell Mencap in 2011.

Whether the Broomhill tree will attract as much comment as the new “ball feature” tree on the Cornhill remains to be seen. The festival opened at St Mary le Tower last night and runs until Tuesday – raising money for four local charities and for the upkeep of the town’s civic church.

Charities to benefit are:

• Ipswich Umbrella Trust (Community Resource Centre)

• Ipswich Winter Night Shelter (homeless / rough sleepers)

• Town 102 Kids Trust (less privileged children) (Mayor’s Charity)

• Lighthouse Women’s Aid (women’s refuge) (Mayor’s Charity)

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