Christmas Tree Festival is biggest and best

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Cracker of a read - The Oban Times tree. NO_T49_Obantimestree
Cracker of a read – The Oban Times tree.

Organisers of this year’s St Conan’s Kirk Christmas Tree Festival have hailed it the biggest and best in Scotland.

There were 62 trees on display in the historic church on the shores of Loch Awe that also attracted a record number of visitors.

From trees made out of slices of bread to feather dusters, hand prints on a tree from Dalmally Tots group, one constructed completely out of crackers and a Victorian take on a wreath-style tree hanging mid-air – there was plenty to please the eye.

Youngsters had fun seeking out elves hidden around the kirk while Oban Community Singers entertained and visitors tucked into home-baking.

One of the festival organisers Liz MacKay said: ‘We’ve had 62 trees this year, last year it was 47. We had 800 visitors last year and by the end of the second day this weekend we’d already had more than 700 visitors. It’s just amazing. We have been so busy.

‘With 62 trees this year, we must now be the biggest and best Christmas tree festival in Scotland. We’ve had people coming up to say they’d like to do a tree next year. We’ll find room for more and once we get the crypt refurbished we’ll be able to extend into there!’

Visitors throughout the weekend were encouraged to vote for their favourite tree. The winner was Ballet West’s Tutu Tree. Other popular choices  included Achaleven School’s Plastic Fantastic, Roni’s Chainsaw Art and St Conan’s Does Strictly.