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Third Annual Jacky Welsh Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Held in East Granby

Tree lit to commemorate the lives of those who passed away.

Even though a steady rain pushed some of the proceedings indoors, several dozen East Granby residents attended the third annual Jacky Welsh Memorial Christmas Tree lighting at Town Hall on Friday evening.

Jacky Welsh passed away at age 13 on Aug. 8, 2011 and the tree located behind the Town Hall, was donated in her memory by William H. Wilson, Peter L. Brown and their respective companies.

“The evergreen is full of life because of the life of Jacky and the lives all of our loved ones shared with with us,” said Pat Curtis, who gave the invocation. “It is a season of light that speaks to our darkness. It is a season of hope that speaks to our deepest despair.”

Members of the Marquis of Granby Ancient Fyfe and Drum corps, for whom Welsh played the snare drum, played “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World.”

First Selectman Jim Hayden read the names of town residents who passed away during the year.

Everyone then went outside and, after a countdown, Jacky’s brother Nate and a friend lit the tree.

The members of the crowd then sang Jacky’s favorite holiday song, “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

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