IN PICTURES: Christmas tree festival at Helensburgh church

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“MANY people each year tell us that for them, this is the start of Christmas in Helensburgh.”

Not our words but those of Christine Begg, one of the organisers of the annual Christmas Tree Festival at the town’s United Reformed Church.

And the 13th year of the festival once again saw hundreds of people welcomed through the doors of the URC over the course of six days.

All were eager to enjoy not just the 40-plus trees, each of them decorated by a community group in the Helensburgh area, but also five full days of musical entertainment by individual performers and groups – followed, on Sunday, by morning worship at the church and then by a special gift-giving service in the afternoon.

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Christine, who organises the musical groups who appear on the festival programme each year, added: “The festival has grown in popularity over the years – so much so that we already have a waiting list for trees for next year.”

All the proceeds from this year’s festival will be split between Sense Scotland, the charity which runs the Ardlui House respite centre in Helensburgh, and the Bahamas Hurricane Appeal being run by the All We Can international emergency relief organisation.

Cheques will be presented to both organisations in the new year.

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