HUNDREDS were left spellbound by a captivating Christmas Tree Festival in Worcester Cathedral cloisters.

The mesmeric display drew in large crowds on Saturday as people admired traditional and unusual designs from schools, charities, community groups and businesses. Among the more striking designs was a tree formed from a white cello wreathed in a spiral of lights from cellist Corinne Frost. A revolving tree featured a model polar bear clinging to a melting ice cap with a representation of burning fossil fuels at its base, created by Zero Waste Living in The Gallery, off The Shambles. One of the more poignant examples was decorated with baubles containing the insignia of various regiments in commemoration of the fallen of all conflicts, this created by St George’s Chapel Flower Guild. Kays Theatre had a tree in the style of a palm with parrots and skull and crossbones baubles to promote their production of Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates.

Donna Child, finance and administrative officer for Droitwich Spa and Rural Council for Voluntary Service, said: “There’s a need for events like this at Christmas to bring the community together.”

Canon Michael Brierley said: “It’s a wonderful display with some extremely inventive trees contributed by local community organisations. What’s wonderful is that so many different bodies contributed to the festival. It’s a real coming together.”

Cathedral guide Michael Newall was also impressed by the imagination and attention to detail. The festival runs until January 1 next year. Entry is free but visitors are urged to make donations to support the cathedral.