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.

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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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  • I happened to be on my annual visit to the town centre today and had a good look at the new tree. Very inspirational and exciting. Congratulations to those concerned. What a shame about the rest of the town centre. Suggest we remove the tacky market for a start. What an eyesore. Also, it looks as though we have now got more jewellers than we have coffee shops. Is this true? Are we unable to attract a few "up market" into the vacant shops to give the area a bit of a lift and encourage an increase in spending. The internet will kill the town centre if we just carry on as we are.

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    Friday, November 30, 2012

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