Volunteers fit Christmas trees to buildings in Epping High Street

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: David Cole, Peter Hellmers and Humphrey Wheeler, who all volunteered to put up Christmas trees David Cole, Peter Hellmers and Humphrey Wheeler, who all volunteered to put up Christmas trees

A BAND of volunteers has been adding the first signs of Christmas to a town centre.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Epping, more than 40 people scaled ladders to fit Christmas trees onto buildings in Epping High Street early on Sunday morning.

David Cole, who runs Coles Menswear and Wedding Hire in the High Street, has been helping decorate the town since the tradition was started 40 years ago.

“It was a lot colder then,” he said. “I remember putting up the trees when there was ice and snow on the ground.”

Humphrey Wheeler, of Argus Lighting, advised on the lights that decorate the trees and staff at the George and Dragon provided bacon rolls to keep the volunteers going through the morning.

The trees and lights are expected to remain in place until January 6.

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2:11pm Wed 21 Nov 12

BenMurphy says...

Epping is blessed to have volunteers like David Cole, Peter Hellmers and Humphrey Wheeler. I hope they won't mind me saying, but they are no spring chickens, but they come out year-after-year to ensure the lights go up so that the magic of Christmas can be enjoyed by not only local residents, but by the many visitors Epping has over the festive season.

I'm sure more people would be willing to help with the trees if they had known about the event though.
Epping is blessed to have volunteers like David Cole, Peter Hellmers and Humphrey Wheeler. I hope they won't mind me saying, but they are no spring chickens, but they come out year-after-year to ensure the lights go up so that the magic of Christmas can be enjoyed by not only local residents, but by the many visitors Epping has over the festive season. I'm sure more people would be willing to help with the trees if they had known about the event though. BenMurphy

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