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Wishing Tree unveiling

Date: Sat 14 May, 2022

Time: 14:15

Wishing Tree unveiling

Next Saturday 14 May at 2:15PM, we will be unveiling a “Wishing Tree” sculpture, just outside the Burbage Community Library on the corner of Church St / Lychgate Lane.

You are most welcome to join us!

The sculpture is a gift from Burbage Festival (AKA “BCAF”) back to the village, as an all-year round memento.

The five-feet tall sculpture was commissioned by Burbage Festival and made by Kurt Lightfoot from Orna-Metal in Peterborough (seen on the left of the picture) who specialises in sheet metal artwork.

BCAF committee member Julia Gore (on the right of the picture) says, “After two long years away,  we celebrate the return of the Burbage Festival and the Jubilee year with this wonderful sculpture, for all to enjoy. We thought the ‘Wishing Tree’ would be a lasting and cheerful focal point to bring a smile to everyone’s face”

The official unveiling ceremony will be by BBC East Midlands reporter, Amy Payne, who grew up in Burbage. She is attending in a personal capacity.

Many folk have contributed to bring this sculpture to life, but in particular we'd like to mention:

  • Kurt Lightfoot the scultor
  • Graham Linney of Paramount for the foundations
  • Phil and Marian Naldret for ground work
  • Jo Hooper for work on a protective cover
  • Amy Payne - our special guest!
  • Julia and Dave Gore who came up with the idea and expertly project managed it to completion!

The ceremony coincides with a Burbage Festival event taking place in the Library – local favourite, Tom The Tale Teller, with his imaginative stories for children.

The timing of the event also marks the last weekend of the 2+ week long festival, and will be a chance to look back on what is looking like being something of a record-breaker, in terms of attendance figures.

Come along and celebrate this unveiling with us.