AS THE COUNTDOWN to Christmas gets under way, Pershore’s Christmas tree has been carefully chosen and donated to the town.
Popular local businessman Ken Tallis, owner of Abbey Butchers, as once again provided some early Christmas spirit by gifting a tree once again.
Mayor of Pershore, Coun Julian Palfrey met with Ken and Tom Rimmel MD of Smart Cut Ltd for the all-important task of selecting the right tree which will take pride of place at the top of Broad Street throughout the season.
This is the second year that Ken has generously donated the tree.
“We all thought 2020 was a tough year but for many, 2021 has been equally as difficult with long lockdowns, self isolation, loss of revenue and bereavements,” he said.
“So many events were once again either cancelled or kept low key as we continue to battle against this virus.
“Christmas is a time of renewed hope and I hope that this tree will lift the town’s spirits and bring joy to all who come in to support all the local independent businesses we are so lucky to have in our town.”
In view of the ongoing pandemic and infections remaining high, the decision has been taken to run the Christmas lights switch on event in the town on a much smaller scale this year.
The event will take place next Saturday (November 27) and will begin around 3pm with Father Christmas and his sleigh travelling from Avon Meadows Car Park down the High Street, Broad Street and onto St Andrews Gardens accompanied by reindeer.
The Town Choir and PODS will provide musical entertainment.
Retailers are being encouraged to raise the bar on window dressing this year in order to make Pershore shine extra bright in 2021.
Ann Dobbins, Town Clerk said: “The Town Council are extremely grateful to Ken for providing the town’s tree for the second year running and we are all looking forward to seeing it lit up for the festive season.”