Congleton’s first ‘Tree of Light’ was switched on, on Saturday, 7th December 2019.
Congleton turned out on Saturday afternoon to see the Mayor turn on its first Tree of Light. Located by the memorial on Lawton Street, each one of the stars on the tree is a personal memorial to a loved one, either present, lost or departed.
Sponsored by Rotary-Congleton with the help of Congleton Town Council and Congleton Partnership, the event was watched by around 200 local people. The event started at the town tree at the end of Bridge Street and a procession, led by the Rode Hall Brass Band followed to the tree, located near to the war memorial.
Carols were sung by the Can’t Sing Choir. Following a short prayer by the Mayor, Cllr Sally Ann Holland, who switched on the lights and spoke about the initiative. Rotary-Congleton president, Rod Goodier thanked everyone involved, and Alistair Kennedy from East Cheshire Hospice, also spoke. The hospice will share the proceeds with Rotary local good causes.
It is hoped that the Tree of Light will become a regular part of Congleton’s Christmas programme.