Wilton's Christmas lights go on

Salisbury Journal: Wilton's Christmas lights go on Wilton's Christmas lights go on

THE tallest Christmas tree in Europe stands tall, proud and beautifully lit in Wilton after the town held its lights switch-on event on Monday.

Hundreds of people gathered to watch as the huge tree in the centre of the town was illuminated with twinkling lights and topped by a shining star.

The event began with a Nativity play presented by Wilton Christian Fellowship.

Schoolchildren from Wilton and Barford Primary School, dressed as characters from the Christmas Story and joined the town’s Cubs and Brownies to sing carols, and there was a performance by Wilton and District Band.

Sarum Morris Dancers showed off their jingle bells and Father Christmas arrived to spread some festive cheer, helped by the mince pies and mulled wine.

“It was a great night,” said Gary Nunn from Wilton Communities which helped organise the event. “It was one of the best we have seen with nice, mild weather and a huge crowd.

“We have the tallest Christmas tree in Europe; it can be seen as soon as you enter the town and is a great source of civic pride.

“It something else that is special to Wilton.”

The switch-on event was followed by more carol singing in The Greyhound and The Bear pubs.

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