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Organisers of St Peter’s Church Christmas Tree Festival are celebrating the most successful event yet.

Greater numbers of participants and visitors were recorded at the Cambridge Road church’s event in 2013 than ever before.

A total of £1,500 was raised during the festival, money which will be used to make a difference to the lives of many at Christmas.

Organiser Andrea Morley said: “This year’s St Peter’s Christmas Tree Festival, has been a great success with greater numbers of participants and visitors than ever before.

“This money will make a huge difference to the lives of many homeless and needy people within Harrogate at a time of year when it is most needed.

“St Peter’s Church will be hosting its annual Christmas meal and continuing its work with the homeless and needy of Harrogate in the knowledge that funds will be available.”

This year the event included a display of 40 trees, from a variety of businesses, groups and families in Harrogate.

St Peter’s School decorated 280 stars in their theme of ‘Wish upon a Star’ which hung on bunting throughout the church.

A Remembrance Tree was donated by B&Q.

David Robertshaw, Artistic Director of the Theatre of the Dales, played Ebenezer in A Christmas Carol during the festival.

Saturday was the main event of the week, with music performances by the Cast and Musicians of St Aidan’s Church of England High School, in a production of A Christmas Carol and a performance by St Peter’s Music Group.

Youngsters enjoyed a Christmas film, while there was also a quiz and chance to have Christmas gifts wrapped.

Canon Tony Shepherd is vicar at St Peter’s Church.

He said: “Money raised during the Festival will fund a special church-hosted Christmas Eve breakfast, provide small gifts of essential clothing and provisions for those less fortunate and provide ongoing support for the Breakfast Club.”

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