Christmas Elves, Steven Paine and Glen Smillie have been putting up trees above business premises in the town centre. The festive duo began preparing the Christmas trees last Saturday in Victoria Mews and will have all 65 trees in place and lit up, ready for when the shops that have been closed, reopen on Wednesday December 2nd. Steven Paine said: “This is the sixth year that we will have completed the Christmas tree project in the town. We thought that last year would be our final year, as we are both older than Santa! However, we felt that the town needed a Happy Christmas after such a difficult year.”

The duo are normally joined by Fred Broom and his band of volunteers from Crewkerne Lions Club, who have been unable to assist this year due to the lockdown restrictions and social distancing requirements. The Christmas trees are grown locally near Ilminster and paid for individually by each trader. Steven and Glen would like to thank Richard Hall of Oscars for allowing them to once again store the trees in his courtyard and the Crewkerne Community Christmas Committee and Crewkerne Town Council for their support. The grand lighting up event with entertainment and late night shopping, which normally draws thousands of people into Market Square and the town’s shopping areas, had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic but the large Christmas tree outside of the town hall was put into place and the other festive lights in the town switched on, earlier this week.

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