Thousands flock to Twyford Christmas Tree festivalBy Jon Nurse
December 13, 2012
Carol singers charmed the crowds as thousands enjoyed Twyford Christmas Fayre and Christmas Tree Festival.
More than 50 stalls lined London Road on Friday evening as festive celebrations started in style.
Performances from Polehampton Junior School choir, Maidenhead Concert Band and Ellington Morris Dancers cheered visitors as they chomped on burgers and hot drinks from 1st Twyford Scouts and Guides.
Special guests on the night included Father Christmas and the Home Secretary and Twyford MP Theresa May.
Trisha Miller, of Twyford Village Partnership Christmas Fayre com-mittee, said: “It was a really successful evening. We had 52 stalls this year and some really good entertainment. I think the Ellington Morris Dancers were a good addition.
“It always brings the whole community together.”
Organisers estimate between 2,000 and 3,000 people passed through the fayre on Friday and 2,500 people visited the four-day Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary’s Church in Station Road.
Tom Fort, chairman of Twyford and Ruscombe Cricket Club, said: “I think it’s a great local event for the people of Twyford.
“The club has a stand here every year with the aim of recruiting exciting new talent.
“We’ve taken down 16 names, which is very good, and very much hope to see them turning out for the club in the future.
“People don’t think too much about cricket in December in England, but we’ve ignited some interest.”
The fayre was again made possible by a donation from Bridge House Nursing Home in Twyford High Street.
Down the road, 67 trees filled St Mary’s Church prepared by schools, groups and businesses for the Christmas Tree Festival.
The event was so popular that organisers had to call a halt to entries when they realised there was no room for any more.
“What was so special about the festival was that each tree was individual to the group that decorated it – there was a really wonderful variety,” said Paul Bromley, who organised the event with his wife, Pam.
Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band and High Voltage singers entertained visitors at the festival, while illusionist Steve Price sawed a volunteer in half on Saturday and the church organised a Christmas tea on Sunday.