Christmas tree festival brings twinkle and festive fun to Ottery church

A tree dedicated to Phyliss Baxter at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5819. Pictur

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

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

A tree dedicated to Phyliss Baxter at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5819. Pictur

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

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.”

A tree dedicated to Phyliss Baxter at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5819. Pictur

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


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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.

A tree dedicated to Phyliss Baxter at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5819. Pictur

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

A tree dedicated to Phyliss Baxter at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5819. Pictur

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

A tree dedicated to Phyliss Baxter at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5819. Pictur

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

A tree dedicated to Phyliss Baxter at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5819. Pictur

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

A tree dedicated to Phyliss Baxter at Ottery's christmas tree festival. Ref sho 48 18TI 5819. Pictur

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

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

Coldharbour Farm created a tree in memory of Phyllis Baxter. Picture: Clarissa Place - Credit: Archant

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

Coldharbour Farm created a tree in memory of Phyllis Baxter. Picture: Clarissa Place - Credit: Archant

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

Coldharbour Farm created a tree in memory of Phyllis Baxter. Picture: Clarissa Place - Credit: Archant

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