Christmas tree festival brings twinkle and festive fun to Ottery church

PUBLISHED: 16:01 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 30 November 2018

A tree dedicated to Phyliss Baxter at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5819. Picture: Terry Ife

A tree dedicated to Phyliss Baxter at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5819. Picture: Terry Ife

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Ottery’s much loved tourist information centre manager has been remembered as part of this year’s Christmas tree festival.

Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5812. Picture: Terry IfeOttery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5812. Picture: Terry Ife

Some 50 firs have been decorated by organisations, associations and businesses as part of the four-day event.

Coldharbour Farm dedicated its entry to TIC manager Phyllis Baxter who died in October.

Hundreds of visitors have already passed through the doors to see this year’s display, which has gone from strength to strength since it started eight years ago.

Organiser Carol Bennett, from the Friends of Ottery St Mary Parish Church, said: “The ideas that people come up with are absolutely brilliant. They come up with something different every year.”

Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5808. Picture: Terry IfeOttery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5808. Picture: Terry Ife

Entry is free and all donations appreciated.

The festival will remain open during late night shopping tonight (Friday). The event will run until Sunday afternoon. Doors are open between 11am and 5pm each day. Refreshments are not available on Sunday.

Jan Derbyshire with Ottery Library's tree at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5802. Picture: Terry IfeJan Derbyshire with Ottery Library's tree at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5802. Picture: Terry Ife

The Rowan and Linden Centre at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5794. Picture: Terry IfeThe Rowan and Linden Centre at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5794. Picture: Terry Ife

Friends of St Marys at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5791. Picture: Terry IfeFriends of St Marys at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5791. Picture: Terry Ife

Oliver Hands with Nanny Julie at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5784. Picture: Terry IfeOliver Hands with Nanny Julie at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5784. Picture: Terry Ife

Lorraine,Lisa and twins Bobby and Amelia Lewis with Freddie Duchenski at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5780. Picture: Terry IfeLorraine,Lisa and twins Bobby and Amelia Lewis with Freddie Duchenski at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5780. Picture: Terry Ife

Coldharbour Farm created a tree in memory of Phyllis Baxter. Picture: Clarissa PlaceColdharbour Farm created a tree in memory of Phyllis Baxter. Picture: Clarissa Place

Members of Friends of Ottery Library with their tree at the 8th festival. Picture: Clarissa PlaceMembers of Friends of Ottery Library with their tree at the 8th festival. Picture: Clarissa Place

Members of the Ottery WI with their tree which is decorated in the colours of the suffragettes to mark the 100th anniversary. Picture: Clarissa PlaceMembers of the Ottery WI with their tree which is decorated in the colours of the suffragettes to mark the 100th anniversary. Picture: Clarissa Place

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