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The lonesome pine heralds Christmas

PUBLISHED: 18:23 13 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

THE scent of pine needles in the air can only mean one thing … Christmas is coming.

Festivities in Ipswich will begin in earnest on Thursday when the Christmas tree in the town centre is officially switched on along with the rest of the Yuletide decorations adoring the streets.

THE scent of pine needles in the air can only mean one thing … Christmas is coming.

Festivities in Ipswich will begin in earnest on Thursday when the Christmas tree in the town centre is officially switched on along with the rest of the Yuletide decorations adoring the streets.

The Evening Star, this year in association with British Gas, has for a number of years sponsored one of the centre pieces of the town's seasonal festivities and this year's is shaping up to be a sight to behold, with a number of local companies helping out.

With the nights drawing in, local residents are eagerly looking forward to seeing the tree bring a warm glow to not only the town centre, but to everyone who enjoys this time of year.

Austen Dack, the Evening Star's brand manager, was enthusiastic about this year's tree.

He said: "As ever, we are extremely happy to provide the centrepiece for Ipswich's Christmas celebrations.

"Also, locals should watch out for details of the annual Christmas night out to remember, where we will be celebrating around the tree with a DJ among the evening's entertainment."

This time of year is always special and fosters community spirit like no other time.

The origin of this year's tree adds to that feeling, as it has been cut from Rendlesham Forest.

And another local firm will be helping with the Christmas efforts.

Target Animations have been setting the tree in its location and John Loades was only too happy to be associated with it.

Taking a break from putting up the tree on the Cornhill yesterday, he said: "Our involvement came through a long association with the town's Christmas celebrations, which stretches back 19 years."

Target are a family run business, and while speaking to John, his son Martin, 25, was in the background making sure things went according to plan.

"A lot of preparation goes into the Christmas efforts, with plans beginning as early as the summer," John added.

"I'm looking forward to a great night on Thursday, and with the new lights we also have in the centre of town, Thursday promises to be something special."

Mr Dack echoed the sentiments of everyone involved in the preparations:

"This is a time for family and friends, and we look forward once again, to seeing everyone around the tree for this very special, once a year occasion."

N The big switch on takes place on the Cornhill this Thursday, November 15, at 6.45pm.

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