Lincoln BIG today encouraged city residents, Christmas shoppers and tourists to make time and join the thousands who traditionally flock to a special annual festival.
Organisers of the Bailgate Guild Advent Wreath Festival, Shirley and Chris Brook, have just put the finishing touches to this year’s display, which usually attracts 3,000 to 4,000 visitors to The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene.
Shirley said: “This wonderful event is a celebration of the commercial and community life of the Uphill area, and people will be able to see at least 70 beautifully decorated wreaths provided by individual businesses, schools and organisations.
“We have been running this event for more than 10 years and it covers an area from the bottom of The Strait right up to Newport and the areas nearby.”
The wreaths were blessed by St Mary Magdalene’s Reverend Adrian Smith. Chris said: “This is a real showcase event highlighting the businesses and organisations within our community. We are encouraging people to visit the church, to enjoy the displays, perhaps light a candle to say thanks, or in memory of someone special, and take a few minutes away from the bustle of everyday life.”
Shirley and Chris said many of Lincoln’s Christmas Market visitors usually thoroughly enjoy the displays at the Church, which is located on the corner of Castle Hill with Exchequergate.
The Festival will be open for visitors on December 1 and 2, between 2pm and 4pm; during the Lincoln Christmas Market from December 6 to 9 from 12 noon to 6pm daily – with short carol services at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm - and revert to opening between 2pm and 4pm on December 15 and 16.
Residents and shoppers also have the opportunity to pop into the Wreaths Festival on weekdays between 10.30am and 11.30am, between now and Christmas.
Lincoln BIG Operations Manager Richard Baxter said: “This is always a fabulous event. It is great that it is also a real attraction for local people and businesses. We hope those who go along will enjoy the experience and seek out some of the local traders and that tourists will tell other people and encourage them to visit our wonderful city.
“Donations are given by members by the public. Half of the money raised will go towards the ongoing restoration of St Mary Magadalene Church and half to the Diverted Giving Campaign.
“The Church feels this is a very good concern and the money will be well spent on our City Homeless Community through the YMCA/Nomad.”