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A guide to Congleton’s first Tree of Light

Christmas is traditionally a time to think of all the people we love, whether near or far away, with us now or fondly remembered from Christmas’ past.

The Congleton Tree of Light is a unique and special way to think of and to remember all our loved ones at Christmas.

This is how it works….

The special, weather-proof stars, priced £5 each, may be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre, the four Congleton funeral firms, and retailers in the town centre that display the Tree of Light posters in their windows.

Once you have purchased your star, you write a simple message of remembrance to the person or persons that you want to think of at Christmas. Use the special pen and the star provided. The pens have water proof ink. You can buy at star at any time until 2nd December.

At the same time, we ask you to write down your name and those of who you want to remember. This will be printed as an on-line ‘Book of Remembrance’.

The Christmas tree will be erected close to the War Memorial on Lawton Street and the stars will be saved and strung on garlands to be hung on the tree.

The tree will be switched on, on Saturday 7th December at 5pm, by the Mayor, Cllr. Sally Ann Holland. Crowds meeting outside B&M around 4.30pm will form a procession to walk to the Tree, led by the Lantern Parade, a brass band, and The Can’t Sing Choir.

Proceeds from the sale of the stars will be shared between East Cheshire Hospice and Congleton Rotary Club’s local good causes.

The Tree of Light is sponsored by Congleton Rotary Club and Congleton Town Council with the help and support of the Congleton Partnership and East Cheshire Hospice. It is hoped that the event will become a regular part of the Congleton Christmas scene.