Christmas tree of fruit cans in Havant is a new beacon

The Christmas tree made from cans in the Meridian Centre in Havant
The Christmas tree made from cans in the Meridian Centre in Havant
From left: PO Adam Hilton,  Father Christmas, Captain Peter Towell, CPO Chris 'Paddy' Gilkes and Malcolm Dent

Engineers spread Christmas joy

  • Structure includes a fireplace built from soup tins
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CAN you imagine a Christmas tree made of cans?

Well, imagine no longer, as it’s here for all to see!

Cans of fruit were assembled to make the unique Christmas tree, which now has pride of place in the Meridian Centre in Havant.

Its aim is to advertise the Beacon Food Bank, which is one of the charities supported by the Meridian Centre’s Christmas Grotto.

Every Christmas the food bank makes sure that some of the neediest families in our community get a meal on the table.

Volunteers from Scottish and Southern Energy, based in Havant, spent hours building the tree. Ruth Scott, community and church centre manager at 
The Beacon, was extremely impressed.

She said: ‘We really appreciate the fact that the Meridian Centre has chosen us as one of the charities to benefit from the Christmas grotto this year.

‘We are also very grateful to the staff of SSE, who gave up so much of their time to create such an imaginative display out of cans.

‘Who would have thought you could have built a Christmas tree out of 300 cans of fruit?

‘The fireplace, built out of soup cans, gives it a really homely feel.

‘Not only does it look good but it will do good too.

‘SSE has donated all the food to Beacon Food Bank. All of a sudden we no longer have a shortage of tinned fruit.’

The can sculpture project was led by Ian Perkins from SSE and his team of helpers.

Rob Fryer, manager of the Meridian Centre, urged families to come to the grotto.

The grotto costs £1 and includes a small gift and a photo print.

All proceeds will be split between The Beacon Food Bank and another charity, Chestnut Tree House. The grotto opens at weekends from 11am to 3pm and for the final time on December 22.