Folkestone and Hythe village grows with its Christmas Tree

Contributed by editor on Dec 06, 2018 - 07:50 AM

The Christmas Tree (inset photo) Susan Carey with David McCombe and Colin Manvell of ERA


By Susan Carey

Villagers in Etchinghill turned out in force on Sunday 2 December to see the Christmas lights ‘switch on’.

Look how it’s grown!


It may be a smaller scale ceremony than the cities lay on but each year it gets bigger as does the tree itself. Unlike so many other Christmas trees the one at Etchinghill is a living tree planted in Meriden Park by Etchinghill Residents’ Association (ERA) in 2009.


Shepway Brass  Photo: Susan Carey


Each year the event has attracted more attendance and now boasts a brass band as well as mulled wine, mince pies and carol singing.

Another part of the tradition is that local councillor Susan Carey performs the ‘switch on’ on the understanding that this is a temporary arrangement until a real celebrity can be found.


Geraldine McCombe or is it an elf?  Photo: Susan Carey


Susan says, ‘I remember ERA came up with an ingenious battery powered solution to powering the lights for the first few years but now the tree has grown so big it has graduated to a mains supply.’ Susan added, ‘This tree has set down roots and grown just as the people in the ‘new’ houses in Meriden Park did.’

Shepway Brass  Photo: Susan Carey

There was a big cheer for the young people of Shepway Brass who played Christmas music and carols and for the many people in Etchinghill who made the event such a success.

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