After months of hard work, the directors of Camborne’s Business Improvement District (BID) board have succeeded in restoring the town’s real Christmas tree tradition.

Determined to source a fitting arboreal centrepiece for the festive season, the team secured £2000 sponsorship from Apollo Bingo to buy and install a 25-foot Nordman spruce.

“We listened to our locals and are really excited to have been able to get a real tree that everyone can feel proud of,” said BID Camborne Chair Sharron Lipscombe-Manley.” Our 2018 tree is going to be spectacular and we’re hoping that everyone will be encouraged to enter into the Christmas spirit and enjoy what the town has to offer.”

BID Manager Mel Martin led the planning process.

“It took time and effort because risk assessments and method statements had to be completed to get permission from the land owners and then the installation, lighting and removal had to be arranged,” she said. “Now everything is in place, we’re really looking forward to the tree’s arrival.”

Selected at the farm where it’s been growing, the tree will be installed in Commercial Square on Sunday 18 November and will be lit from 5pm on 24th November. Camborne-based Combined Tree Services (CTS) have volunteered to put it up and eventually remove it free of charge.

Surrounding the tree will be panels decorated by pupils from nearby St John’s, Rosemellion, Roskear, and Weeth schools, St Meriadoc Infant School and Trevithick Learning Academy. The theme is the twelve days of Christmas and the children have been working with local artist Tony Minnion in a series of workshops to create their designs. They have also been making flags to wave during the lights switch-on procession that takes place from 4.45pm on Saturday 24 November.

“We’re delighted to be sponsoring this year’s real Christmas tree,” said Mark Durrance, General Manager of Camborne’s Apollo Bingo and a director of BID Camborne. “As a business we’re passionate about our involvement with local communities and giving something back. Camborne is very special to me and my colleagues and I’m personally very proud that funding from Apollo Bingo has enabled a real tree to be the focus for this year’s festivities.”

BID Camborne works on behalf of local businesses who fund Christmas in Camborne.

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