Barking Christmas tree festival returns for sixth year

PUBLISHED: 12:53 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:36 06 December 2017

Salvation Army in Ripple Road, Barking.

Salvation Army in Ripple Road, Barking.


A Christmas tree festival will show off weird and wonderful displays by Barking residents this weekend.

The Salvation Army hall in Ripple Road is hosting a seasonal show of specially-decorated trees.

Past creations include masterpieces made from rolls of wrapping paper and even one inside a tuba.

Tree-based puns proved popular with participants at the free event, said organiser Richard Ambridge.

“We have done ‘toilet-tree’ before,” he added. “Please don’t put that in the paper.”

The Christian charity’s Barking Corps will display more than 20 wintery wonders from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

Light refreshments will be available, with a Sunday service scheduled for 10.30am.

The annual event has hosted carol singers, nativity tableaus and dance performances since its first green shoots were seen in 2012.

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