Minster Christmas tree is centrepiece to remember loved ones

Rev Hilary Barber at Halifax Minster.
Rev Hilary Barber at Halifax Minster.

Halifax Minster’s Christmas tree will become the perfect centrepiece to remember a loved one.

The imposing, 25 feet tall spruce has been lifted into place with the help of a scaffold tower.

But the beautiful specimen, which has been sponsored by Handelsbanken, Halifax will not just be a show piece for seasonal decorations and lights; it will also be the focus for people to remember their loved ones.

The Minster is working with Overgate Hospice, Elland and inviting people to remember friends and family members who have passed away by writing their names on special tags and hanging them on the branches of the tree.

Vicar of Halifax, The Rev Canon Hilary Barber said: “For many people Christmas represents a time when we are very conscious of absent friends and family members.

“The Minster’s tree of memories offers an opportunity for us to write a personal message of remembrance.

“The tree itself becomes especially poignant as well as an uplifting sight, looking absolutely wonderful decorated with the special tags. This is the perfect opportunity for people to come along to the Minster and quietly and privately remember their lost loved ones.”

Throughout December and Christmas, the Minster will also be beautifully illuminated thanks to Nestle, Halifax, who have sponsored a bank of theatre lights.

“The lights will be used to support all the events which are taking place in the Minster during December,” added Canon Barber.

“At present when you walk into the Minster, it resembles a film set. These lights will make a real difference to all the productions and performances that are being staged here throughout December as we celebrate Christmas.

“We are very grateful to Nestle for their sponsorship of the lights and to Halifax Handelsbanken for their sponsorship of our beautiful Christmas tree. This is a wonderful example of how the Minster is building strong relationships with the private sector across the town.”