Christmas tree festival in Fleetwood

Pippa Wood, two, admires the trees at the annual Christmas Tree Festival at Trinity Methodist Church, Fleetwood

Pippa Wood, two, admires the trees at the annual Christmas Tree Festival at Trinity Methodist Church, Fleetwood

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Attendance figures were up to a record level at an annual Christmas tree Festival in Fleetwood.

The sparkling event, likened by organisers to a winter wonderland, lit up Trinity Methodist Church for three days.

Picture by Julian Brown: ''One of the organisers, Geoff Bottomley at the Annual Christmas Tree Festival at Trinity Methodist Church, Fleetwood

Picture by Julian Brown: ''One of the organisers, Geoff Bottomley at the Annual Christmas Tree Festival at Trinity Methodist Church, Fleetwood

The competitive spectacle sees individuals, schools, churches and other groups come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful Christmas tree designs each year.

This time there were 31 entries, one of the highest numbers since the event was first launched 14 years ago,

But it was the huge number of people attending the event as a public spectacle which particularly delighted organisers this year.

Almost 1,000 people attended over the three days.

We had more people through the doors then ever before, and raised more money than ever as well

Gwyneth Priestley, one of the coordinators, said: “We had more people through the doors then ever before, and raised more money than ever as well.

“We were really pleased with that, and with the number and quality of entries.”

There were certainly trees of all shapes and sizes at the event.

Two trophies were presented on the final day and this year winning entry came from the M&S team from the Fleetwood Museum Trust - Margaret Turner and Sonia Alderson.

Picture by Julian Brown: ''Some of the trees at the Annual Christmas Tree Festival at Trinity Methodist Church, Fleetwood

Picture by Julian Brown: ''Some of the trees at the Annual Christmas Tree Festival at Trinity Methodist Church, Fleetwood

Their silvery tree was called Fish and Ships and included a poignant poem by Margaret about the hardships experienced by fishing families.

They were awarded half of the record £1,800 raised, which the winning team will present to a charity of their choice - yet to be confirmed by the Trust. The rest of the money will go to church funds.

The winners of the schools entry were Flakefleet Primary School, taking part for the first time.

Picture by Julian Brown: ''One of the organisers, Gwyneth Priestley at the Annual Christmas Tree Festival at Trinity Methodist Church, Fleetwood

Picture by Julian Brown: ''One of the organisers, Gwyneth Priestley at the Annual Christmas Tree Festival at Trinity Methodist Church, Fleetwood