Tigers to switch on Tree of Light

Telford Tigers will be guests of honour at an event to switch on the town’s Tree of Light next month.

The EPL champions will be joined by carols played by the band of the Salvation Army at Telford Shopping Centre on November 12th.

Head Coach Tom Watkins will lead a group of Tigers players at the event, which begins at 4pm.

Mr Watkins said he was delighted to help the cause, which is run by Rotary Clubs in Telford and is now in its 20th year.

He said: “The Tree of Light is a wonderful cause, so to be asked to switch it on is a real honour.

“The great thing is that it brings the whole community together at a very special time of the year. We all have people we like to remember during the run-up to Christmas.

“The players are all very excited about helping out and meeting the organisers. The event is always packed, so we hope to see lots of our fans there.”

Peter Seaward, chairman of Telford Tree of Light and Wellington Rotary Club, is looking forward to meeting the Tigers squad at the annual event.

He said: “I have been a fan of Telford Tigers for many years, so to see them win the league last season was wonderful. They have a really great squad.

“I am very excited to have the Tigers players switch on the Tree of Light, which is always a great way of getting the countdown to Christmas started.

“Since the appeal started 20 years ago it has generated over £460,000 for worthy causes. We would like to make it £500,000 this year.

“With people’s support and by reducing our postage costs we can reach that total.”

Names are displayed on lists around the Tree of Light in Telford Shopping Centre, at Wellington Market and in the windows of Tranter Lowe’s offices in Oakengates and Dawley, as well as Truffles Café in Ironbridge.

Names are also displayed on the Tree of Light website and in the Telford Journal. More than £38,000 was raised through the appeal last year.

Mr Seaward added: “The Telford Tree of Light would not be possible without the support of the four Rotary clubs of Telford and the many corporate sponsors who contribute so that every penny donated in memory of a loved one can be passed to our nominated charities.”

The lights on the tree and publication of the first list will be on November 12, 2015 in Telford Town Centre at 4.30pm. The Salvation Army band will play carols from 4pm.

For all the information visit telfordtreeoflight.org.uk

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