Christine Earnshaw and Stephen Hayter with the town council tree made from coat hangers. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

A recycled tree with an important message was a winner in the annual  Hunstanton Christmas Tree Festival.

This year’s event, held at the town hall last weekend, attracted 28 entries from schools, community groups, charities and businesses from across the area.

Visitors were asked to choose their favourite trees and The Refill Tree, by Amanda Knight, was the runaway winner in the adult category.

The colourful tree was made using plastic rubbish, including bottles, collected on Hunstanton beach in just one month.

Hunstanton’s Smithdon High School won the junior section with its science-themed The Chemis – Tree, made with laboratory equipment including colourful glass beakers.

Both the winners received £50 towards future projects.

The event, which opened last Friday and ran until Sunday, was organised by Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts (HDFA) and well-supported over the three days.

Entry was free and visitors could also enjoy hot drinks, mince pies and mulled wine while they admired the trees.

The winner of the HDFA Jane Austen quiz, marking the 200th anniversary of the author’s death was also announced on Sunday. The winner was Dr Ros Ballaster, who will receive a boxed set of Jane Austen novels.

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