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Festive trees turn Bodmin into tinsel town

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

Six-year-old Patric Goluch, a pupil at Beacon Infants, is spellbound by one of 85 Christmas trees at St Petroc's Church in Bodmin   PICTURE: EMILY WHITFIELD-WICKS

Six-year-old Patric Goluch, a pupil at Beacon Infants, is spellbound by one of 85 Christmas trees at St Petroc's Church in Bodmin PICTURE: EMILY WHITFIELD-WICKS

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Six-year-old Patric Goluch's expression says it all: Christmas is a magical time.

Bodmin's festive season was started with a sparkle as 200 primary school children launched the town's Christmas tree festival at a tinsel-bedecked carol service.

The event, which has been held in St Petroc's Church for each of the last 10 years, is now a firm fixture, with more than 4,000 people expected to visit in the coming days. Some 85 trees, supplied by award-winning Liskeard grower Ivor Dungey, have been decorated by local charities, schools, churches and playgroups.

Geoff Goldsmith, one of a team of volunteers who organise and run the festival, said: "The first year we had about 60 trees and this year it is 85 or more. A lot of people are involved and it has become a big community effort."

Local primary schools gathered for a joint carol service to open the festival, with teachers and parents ensuring it was standing room only.

Open daily – except Sundays – until December 14, the festival can be seen from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Admission is free, but donations will go towards providing a new kitchen and toilets at St Petroc's.

"As we have been trying to provide these facilities for 25 years they are now urgently needed," added Mr Goldsmith.

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