A year ago this village tradition was cancelled due to the restrictions of the pandemic. Undaunted this year the team from the Burghwallis Parish council wanted to rekindle the event. The 2021 tree, which is a tad larger than normal was therefore duly positioned in the war memorial and ‘fastened down’ to avoid it taking off in a storm like a scene from the Wizard of Oz.
The mounting of the tree, which incidentally many have said puts the Trafalgar Square version to shame required a bit of civil engineering. Luckily farmer Willie Seels appeared with his Manitou fork lift truck and popped the tree in place in busy quick time! An executive decision to avoid tree decorations disappearing as air mail in the forecast windy weather restricted the tree to lighting only, but it still looked the bees knees – positively oozing Christmas cheer when lit.
Unfortunately the prevailing omicron strain of the virus now hanging in the atmosphere reduced the number attending the carol service to 15 brave souls. But they were duly rewarded with what is best described as an abundance of mince pies and mulled-wine. Some you win!
The switch on of the tree lights (electricity supply courtesy of Carol Spiller) was conducted by Father Chris Herbert and now adds a little Christmas cheer to Burghwallis each evening in these troubled times.