Christmas is back again in Middleton

CHRISTMAS will be coming to Middleton for the first time in decades.

A village tree is being provided by an anonymous benefactor for everyone in the area to enjoy.

It is being installed by Middleton Post Office on Elmer Road on December 17, A switch-on ceremony of its lights will take place at 2pm on December 22.

Father William Marston, of St Nicholas Church, will bless the tree. A choir from the church is likely to be present.

Middleton resident Bill Hurrell said: “It will be lovely to see a Christmas tree back in Middleton after some 25 years.

“It’s all down to the kindness of a local person who wishes to remain anonymous but who wants to rekindle the village spirit and make Christmas special for the young children in the village.”

The tree is just over 12ft high and will have 50ft of lights around it. Mr Hurrell has arranged the ceremony for a three-figure sum. He thanked Paul Thomas and wife at Middleton PO and Barry Lambert at A&M Barley for their help.

The £25,000 donation will buy trees for decades to come.