Evening Star Christmas tree gets unsual decoration

A BIT of festive fun entertained shoppers in Ipswich town centre this afternoon as The Evening Star's Christmas tree was given an extra decoration.

A BIT of festive fun entertained shoppers in Ipswich's town centre this afternoon as The Evening Star's Christmas tree was given an extra decoration.

As snow flurried through the skies settling on the town BBC presenter Mike Liggins, dressed as a fairy was lifted high above the market to sit atop the 46-foot high tree.

The high wintry winds prevented him from getting right to the top but shoppers looked up with delight at The Evening Star's Christmas tree, as Mr Liggins wished them a “Happy Christmas.”

Challenged by listeners of BBC Radio Suffolk early this morning the presenter admitted it had seemed like a fun idea at first but amidst the snow whirling around him, he was a little cold.

Shouting from above the town he said: “Happy Christmas, I am scared. It was funny and now it isn't, it is very cold up here.”

Ahead of the last late night shopping event tonight Fiona Wright of Ipswich Central said the stunt had added an extra helping of festive cheer.

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She said: “The Evening Star has provided such a fantastic Christmas tree in the centre of the square it was great to use it in such a fun way today.

“We had a call from Radio Suffolk at about 9.15am and with a bit of Ipswich magic we have all worked together to make it happen.

“It is something nice and fun for people to enjoy just before Christmas, boosting the festive fun on the last late night shopping event.”

Santa Claus, carol singers, stilt walkers and a special treat from Costa Coffee, free hot chocolates and warming cr�me brulee lattes will entertain and warm shoppers up as they pick up their last minute presents tonight.

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