A COMMUNITY showed their festive spirit at an annual Christmas tree festival.

Ferryhill and Chilton Festival of Christmas Trees saw children, groups and residents test their creative talents for the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s themed display at Ferryhill Methodist Church.

More than 20 trees were created including one to remember those who lost their lives at Dean and Chapter Colliery.

Another tree included one made by officers at Ferryhill Police Station.

They decorated the tree with rubik's cubes – which were founded in 1974 – whilst promoting important messages in their design.

The free event, organised by Approach Too, saw members of the community come together to make the trees and vote for their favourite.

PCSO, Laura Fairhurst, from Ferryhill Police Station attended the event.

She said: "It's nice to get involved in events like these and every year we try and put decoration on which relates to the police and educates people about priorities in the community."

Valerie Watson of Ferryhill Methodist Church added: "We've had more than 100 people come through the doors just this morning. All the trees represent memories which is fantastic."