LETTER: Christmas Tree - Thank you to all who helped

Further to the report and very good photograph in the Rasen Mail in the January 1 edition, we would like to thank everyone involved.

There is tremendous effort and purpose put into the provision of a 30foot + Christmas Tree in the Market Square for about four weeks, and the giving of presents to all children of the age of seven years and under that attend on Christmas Eve at 4pm.

The organisation is run by the Market Rasen Children’s Christmas Tree Fund, formed some 63 years ago by like minded local individuals and volunteers, and continued to this day.

Grateful thanks are due to the members and their respective partners who source the tree, erect, dress and dismantle it ; to those that purchase and wrap the presents, bring along the fairground organ and steam engine, organise the electrical tests and power supply, prepare Santa’s sleigh—this year with new life size Reindeer—those that attend on Christmas Eve to help with queue control and distribution of presents and the fruit ( kindly donated by the Co-op and Tesco ).

Thanks are also due to the members who arranged the risk assessments and insurance, and the one that donated the money for the bright new star on top of the tree.

Outside of the immediate organisation grateful thanks are due to the support given by Market Rasen Town Council, to donations from private organisations, Rotary, Round Table, Lions and Freemasons, to Rase Steels and a private individual for their invaluable assistance whilst installing the tree in the Market Square; to a local individual who very generously donated the magnificent Christmas tree, and to all the public who gave donations on the Christmas Eve and bought in excess of 1,700 books of raffle tickets.

Thanks are finally due to Santa Claus himself for arriving in the Market Square at the usual time of 4pm, suitably dressed and made up and with a police guard ; and for being so wonderful to all the children he spoke with.

Long may this independent organisation continue and flourish and be supported, and serve the people of Market Rasen and district for many years to come.

Rev. M. Copper

Market Rasen Children’s Christmas Tree Fund