Sunday morning dawned hot, and got hotter as the day progressed.

But the summer heat didn’t deter volunteers from Narrabri Chamber of Commerce and other helpers from getting to work to erect the chamber’s Christmas tree for the festive season.

They were on deck at the Narrabri Post Office lawn at 5am to start. Chamber member Jenny Gale is the leader of the band which erected the tree, enlisting the expertise of family members including grand children to assemble, place and decorate the six metre tree.

An important part of the tree erection is the fluffing – the branches, confined to their shipping container home for the year need to be fluffed out, returned to their correct shape. The operation of tree erection and decoration involves a cherry picker, generously donated by Gunnedah tree man Mark Eveleigh, and a lot of volunteer work in the hot sun.

There are other festive features around the tree including a magnificent wreath and decorated Post Office verandah, all put in place by the volunteers.

Jenny Gale with willing vounteers, her grandchildren Isabelle, Hannah and Jamie Gale.

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