Festive tree and decorations to light up Hornsey Town Hall

A towering Christmas tree will stand at the centre of a beautifully-lit Town Hall square after a successful Crouch End-led campaign.

Crouch End actress Tamzin Outhwaite will lead the Christmas tree lights countdown on Saturday at 5pm and the square will be circled in lights throughout the festive season.

Campaigner Sue Hessel has spearheaded an ongoing fundraising drive to raise £6,000 to cover the costs of the festive decorations, with an impressive £4,100 raised so far, and £1,100 donated this week alone.

Local businesses, Haringey Council, and generous members of the public have all boosted the grassroots campaign.

Matt Richardson from the Urban Flower Company sourced the 23ft Christmas tree for the square and has been helping the group to fundraise for the tree and festive lighting.

As part of a “buy a Christmas tree to buy the Christmas tree” offer, he will be donating all profits from the sales of Christmas trees over the weekend towards costs of the lights and tree.

His stall will be out on Saturday, as part of the Crouch End Festival Christmas market in the square.

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This will be the second year in a row that there has been a Christmas tree in the Town Hall square, after a period of approximately 35 years without one.

“We want to make the Town Hall beautiful again; it’s the centre of Crouch End and it was a wasteland until last year,” organiser Sue Hessel said.

“I don’t think Crouch End has ever looked so nice. The tree is going to be even bigger than last year.”

To donate to the campaign, visit: crouchendfestival.org