Annual Christmas Tree Festival goes online

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Leah Cassady

By Leah Cassady

Members of Soroptimist International Stafford at St. Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival 2019

A popular Christmas festival that sees thousands of people descend on Stafford is going virtual this year.

Due to the coronavirus, St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival was not able to go ahead in its usual format, so the church has decided to hold the event online instead.

Richard Grigson, the Rector of Stafford, Staffordshire said: “Usually we have a Christmas Tree Festival in Saint Mary’s Church at the heart of the town and county.

“Different organisations, schools, local businesses and community groups fill Saint Mary’s with dozens of trees, each one uniquely decorated, and thousands of people come through the door to see the trees.

“We can’t do this year, but we still want to bring people together so we are very pleased to announce some of those organisations have contributed to a virtual Christmas Tree festival which is being shared on our social media.”

Fr John Davis, the Town Centre chaplain who is also on the board of the Town Centre Partnership, said: “The Christmas Tree Festival has been so good for so many years. It has brought people together and helped all sorts of organisations to meet.

“This year that won’t be possible.

“But we hope and pray that the virtual Christmas Tree festival will still shine a light into the heart of Stafford.”

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