Soul Diva to rock around the knitted Christmas tree!

Just Regional
Nov 27, 2013 2 mins read

For most people, needles around the Christmas tree can be a festive problem.

But they are going to be good news at The Forum as they have played a key part in the centrepiece of their festive display – a 15-foot-high knitted Christmas tree.

Hand-crafted by more than 600 volunteers across Norfolk, it promises to be a talking point in the city over the festive period. As well as the tree itself, every leaf, bauble, present, star and angel has also been knitted.

And the stunning attraction will be unveiled in a special festive ceremony by soul diva and Norwich Theatre Royal panto star Sheila Ferguson at 1pm on Monday December 2.

The pop superstar will be taking a break from rehearsals from Cinderella where she will playing a sassy Fairy Godmother opposite an all-star cast including Matt Milburn (Emmerdale and Hollyoaks) and Christopher Ryan (Mike in The Young Ones and Marshall in Absolutely Fabulous).

The tree itself has already helped to raise nearly £10,000 for John Groom’s Court, a home for disabled young adults in Norwich.

Jayne Evans, partnerships and marketing manager at The Forum, said: “We first displayed the knitted tree in 2010 and it was a huge hit with visitors to The Forum.

“We are delighted it is coming back as not only is it a thing of beauty but it also represents a labour of love involving so many people across the county.”

John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, added: “This fantastic tree is going to be a real focal point for the city over Christmas, and who better to unveil it than Sheila?

“As well as bringing a dash of panto magic to the official unveiling, Sheila is also a great supporter of good causes and we are delighted she has agreed to come along and support such a fantastic charity.”

The tree may look stunning but Norfolk’s army of fund-raising knitters has not finished yet. They are now hard at work crafting flowers, leaves, birds and butterflies for a pergola which will go on display at The Forum over Easter 2014, and will also raise money for John Groom’s Court.


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