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Revealed – Real Cornhill tree to be joined by six more across Ipswich this Christmas

PUBLISHED: 19:31 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:25 20 November 2017

The Ipswich Christmas tree being decorated with lights on all the branches

The Ipswich Christmas tree being decorated with lights on all the branches

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Festive cheer is starting to sweep through Ipswich – and anticipation for the big day is about to reach new heights as six more real Christmas trees make their way to the town centre.

Thousands of lights and baubles were added to the long-awaited Cornhill tree yesterday as business leaders revealed the Covent Garden inspired conifer will soon be joined by six others.

Central locations including Giles Circus, Westgate Street, Tavern Street outside Cotswolds, Fore Street, Buttermarket outside The Works and St Peter’s Street are to be illuminated by the new trees over the next few days.

Ipswich Central’s operations manager Sophie Alexander said: “It’s an additional piece of festive feeling.

“We represent over 620 businesses in the town centre who were keen to see a new, traditional tree for Christmas shoppers to enjoy. Therefore, we worked together with a number of businesses to choose the tree, decorations and lights to hopefully achieve something that brought some sparkle to Ipswich.

“We are really looking forward to the switch on this year with this beautiful new tree, hopefully kick-starting a busy Christmas trading period.”

Taking pride of place in front of the town hall for the first time in six years, the towering Cornhill tree is being provided by Ipswich Central, supported by this newspaper.

Fans of the bauble tree can see it in all its splendour in its new home, on the Waterfront outside the University of Suffolk.

Switching on the lights this year – on Thursday – will be mayor Sarah Barber, her nephew Olen, four, and 91-year-old John Morley – who abseiled down the Ipswich Hospital maternity building dressed as Spiderman.

Festivities kick off at 4.45pm with the lights being turned on at 7pm. The mayor said: “I am looking forward to this immensely, particularly as John says he will be in his Spiderman costume again but I hope he resists the temptation to abseil down the town hall!”

The Waterfront tree’s lights will come on automatically at around the same time.

Shops are also staying open later to mark the festive season.

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Watch baubles and lights being added to the Cornhill tree by visiting our website.

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