Tree-mendous festival fun

John Martin with ldelighted little ones Ygraine Martin, left, and Rhys and Dillon Hemingway at last year's Caistor festival. (Lin)
John Martin with ldelighted little ones Ygraine Martin, left, and Rhys and Dillon Hemingway at last year's Caistor festival. (Lin)
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Think of Christmas and you are sure to think of Christmas trees.

And it is these festive firs that will be the focus of events at Caistor and Keelby this coming weekend.

More than 30 decorated trees will be on display at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter and St Paul Church at Caistor from Friday December 7 to Sunday December 10.

The trees - sponsored by local groups, businesses and individuals - will make a dazzling display throughout the church and will stay in position until January 6, so visitors to the Santa’s breakfast event on December 15 and the Choir concert on December 22 can enjoy a touch of seasonal sparkle.

The festival is open on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm and from 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday, as there is the regular communion service at 10.15am, with refreshments being served throughout.

Proceeds from the festival will be shared between the church and St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice in Grimsby.

St Bartholomew’s Church at Keelby’s festival will be held on Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, from 1pm to 4pm.

Trees at this event will each be decorated by a variety of businesses and organisations in the village.

The most unusual tree will surely be the one decorated by the Mothers’ Union - with ladies pants - in support of the women’s’ refuge at Grimsby.

Many women arrive here without any personal belongings, so there will be a box next to this tree for anyone to donate either a pack of pants (brand new and any size) or a toiletry item (deodorant, shampoo etc), which will be delivered to the refuge.

Entry to the festival is free.