Winter wonderland display becomes talk of Sudbury as community gets creative with discarded tyres
A unique display of Christmas characters – built by schools, businesses and community groups from discarded tyres – has become the talk of Sudbury, ahead of the beginning of the festive season.
Tyre snowmen, a gingerbread man, a penguin and festive figures are among the winter wonderland display outside St Peter’s on Market Hill, as part of a creative recycling project organised by Sudbury Town Council’s community wardens.
The warden team put out the call earlier this month for community members to make their own character, using around 120 old tyres which had been fly-tipped in Monks Eleigh.
The project has received a huge response, with contributions from Wells Hall, Pot Kiln, St Joseph’s, St Gregory’s and Woodhall primary schools, and businesses such as Studio 56, Weston’s Bakery and Duck in Boots.
The Acton Scouts also made a minion from the animated film Despicable Me, while St Andrew’s Church in Great Cornard provided a figure of their vicar, the Rev Chris Ramsey.
“The one of the vicar is very funny, because everyone says it looks so much like him,” said Sudbury community warden manager Bradley Smith. “It’s uncanny.
“We’ve had an absolutely fantastic response. We’ve even made it on to the BBC, which I call a huge success.
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“We’re planning to keep using the tyres. We want to dress them up as bunnies and Easter eggs for Easter, and I’m aiming to turn it into a seasonal event.
“By Christmas next year, we’re hoping to have the whole churchyard full and also dot them around the town.”
It is hoped that there will be more than 20 figures in the winter wonderland display by tomorrow evening’s Christmas Fair and lights switch-on in Sudbury town centre.
Mr Smith said they would be happy to accept more entries to the display over the next month, and welcomed anyone interested in being involved to get in touch.
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