Festive finery at Cowes Tree Festival

Thirty Christmas trees were decked out in festive finery for the seventh Cowes Tree Festival at the Methodist Church on Birmingham Road.

The festival ran over four days, from Thursday to Sunday (December 6–9). The idea of the tree festival is to raise money for the charities and organizations displaying the trees, such as the Brownie group and Cowes and Lane’s End Primary schools.

Three new organizations participated this year: the Motor Neuron Disease Support Group, the White Diamond Marching Band and Isle of Wight guide dogs. Every Christmas tree had a hidden Father Christmas peg, which those viewing the trees had to find.

Margaret Hill, who runs the Methodist Sunday School and helped organised the event, was pleased with the public response, and said that the event had had “a steady stream of visitors.” She also told the IW Observer that her Sunday school children had been “very excited” to take part