Marylebone Tree Lighting

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Ridgeford Developments and Druce Estate Agents have collaborated with Westminster Council to launch the first public tree lighting event in Maylebone's Paddington Gardens.

A 20ft high tree was lit up on Wednesday 6th December, at a festive event with music from St Vincent’s RC Primary School choir and The Little Opera Company, food and drinks were kindly provided by The Cavendish restaurant.

Ridgeford’s managing director Chris Murray said: “About three months ago, [Druce Estate Agents director] Simon Hedley and I were having a conversation about the fact that Marylebone doesn’t have a Christmas tree. We started out on this and had great support from the city of Westminster. They let us dig up part of their park and put in power to feed the tree”.

Opera singing and carols by both adults and children added to the entertainment.

David Weston, deputy headteacher at St Vincent’s, said: “We thought we would go over and sing some carols. The children worked really hard. When we arrived there was lots of food and drink for the parents. The children sang eight carols and then the lights got switched on. It was a really nice community affair in what is quite a busy part of London.”

The youngsters joined in the countdown as Mr Murray did the honours and turned on the Christmas tree lights.

Mr Hedley added: “We’re going to do this every year. We’ll probably develop it every year, slightly change it each time and make it bigger and better.”

Photograph: Karolyn Cooper