Woolly wonder

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Wendy Sherlock, Jenny Mountford and Anne Dost worked on the tree.
Camera IconWendy Sherlock, Jenny Mountford and Anne Dost worked on the tree. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Bridgetown’s newest Christmas ornament was unveiled on December 1, thanks to the hard work of some of the town’s crocheters.

The 4.5m tall tree was unveiled for the first time at the front of the Bridgetown Repertory Theatre.

Jenny Mountford from Bridgetown Creatives was one of the leads on the project and thanked everyone involved in producing the tree.

“Anne Dost was the other key player, and Wendy Sherlock, who did enormous amounts of work binding all the squares, and led the whole fabrication side of it, really,” she said.

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As well as the lighting of the tree, the crowd also enjoyed Christmas carols courtesy of the Jubilee Singers and a chance to meet the characters of the Repertory Theatre’s production Trouble 07: Licensed to Panto.

More than 50 people attended the event.

“I was really pleased to see so many people, lots of kids there too, really happy to see people in costume and really getting into the Christmas mood,” Ms Mountford said.

“We had a huge amount of great feedback, everyone was so over the moon that the project continued for the year. I’ve had nothing but people being so appreciative of the community all pitching in and creating this beautiful thing for the town.”

Excess squares were turned into bunting for the main street of Bridgetown by Vivienne Macarthy and Margaret Chalk.

The structure for the tree was fabricated by Bruce Carlson from Bridgetown Windmills.

Ms Mountford mooted the potential for expanding the tree next year. “There’s definitely plans to add on to the tree, so we may create some additional pieces around the tree next year, so there might be boxed presents — we’ll come up with different things,” she said.

“We can definitely see more elements being added around the tree for next year, for sure.”

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