A crowded Mall at Telford Town Centre filled by the sounds of the splendid Hope House Choir heralded the arrival of Christina Trevanion who was to switch-on the 2016 Telford Tree of Light.
Chairman of the organising committee, Rotarian Peter Seaward, welcomed representatives of the charities supported by this year’s Tree, the Tree’s sponsors, Rotary District 1210 Governor, John Sayer, the Presidents of the four organising Rotary Clubs and many of those whose families’ names appear around the Tree. Peter said, “The Telford Tree of Light would not be possible without the support of the four Rotary Clubs of Telford and the many corporate sponsors who contribute so that every penny donated in memory of a loved one can be passed to the nominated charities. This together with the wonderful generosity of the people of Telford helps to make the Tree a great success.”
Peter then welcomed and introduced Christina Trevanion, Shropshire’s own BBC antiques valuer and auctioneer, before asking her to Switch-on this year’s Tree. With the warmth of her smile and personality filling the area around the Tree she spoke from personal experience of the importance of remembering loved ones, especially at Christmas time. Then following a traditional count-down she switched on the 2016 Telford Tree of Light.
Photos from left: President John with Julia Allinson of Homestary Telford and Wrekin; Peter Seaward welcomes Christina Trevanion; Lucy Ruff of Severn Hospice, Christina Trevanion and Lynsey Kilvert of Hope House.