The large Invesco 35 foot Nordmann Fir Christmas tree in Market Place was switched on by 10 year old Anna Brandis last night in a small ceremony with Henley Mayor Father Christmas and her family. Although there weren’t the usual crowds, the big brightly coloured tinsel switch was still used for the switch-on and Anna’s family did the countdown.
Anna, a pupil at Sacred Heart School was the winner of the Mayor’s Christmas card competition out of over 200 entries that were received. The theme this year was the Magical Christmas Tree. Anna’s design featured a brightly coloured Christmas tree centrepiece amidst falling snow with baby Jesus at the top, a snowman, gifts, a robin, and a tray of tea and cake (presumably left out as a treat for Santa Claus). Anna was joined by her Mum and Dad and brother.
Anna said, “I am happy to have won the competition and proud that they chose my picture out of so many entries. I was excited to switch on the Christmas tree lights, the lights looks great, I love the snowflakes in the trees.”
Henley Mayor, Councillor Ken Arlett said, “Disappointing that the usual Market Place crowd of people were not there when the lights were turned on by myself, Anna and Father Christmas. Once the lights were switched on the Christmas tree and other trees in the Market Place, the whole area seemed to come alive. By tomorrow all the Christmas lights will be switched on, the small trees over shop fronts will be in place and come early next week all the retail shops will be back open.
The Town Council and the shop owners are doing their very best to invite you into the town to purchase all your Christmas presents, please come and buy local.
Plenty of entertainment will be in the Town Centre over the next 4 weeks, so we welcome all residents from near and far to come and enjoy the atmosphere.”
The tree was once again supplied by the Tree Barn in Christmas Common.