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What a picture!

Always be prepared is the motto of the St Mary's Church Christmas Tree Festival Committee... and it's a motto that stands them in good stead.

Here are a few of the pictures taken by website editor Phil Balding on Saturday, December 1st.

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Brian Wray helps nine-year-old Freya Robinson with her quiz sheet.

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Simply find the Brussels sprouts in our fun quiz.


Phil started the day by picturing Brian Wray helping nine-year-old Freya Robinson with her quiz sheet. When you come along to this year's Festival make sure you have a go at our fun quiz devised by Brian. Simply pick up an entry form as you go in and, once you have found the missing Brussels sprouts, hand it in at the end to get a chocolate treat.

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Our cheeky mice... but can you find them?


Then some mischievous mice were spotted sporting some placards. Make sure you look for them at the festival.

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ITV Central TV presenter Rajiv Popat interviews the Revd Kevin Ashby.


ITV Central TV presenter Rajiv Popat visited St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, to report on the tree festival. He was amazed at the array of different trees on display and interviewed Melton Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby about the event. View a video taken by Rajiv at the festival by clicking here.

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The Queen, aka Rita Clews, and her consort, Prince Arthur.


Queen Victoria visited this year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray... and she was amused.

The Queen, aka Rita Clews, and her consort, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, aka her husband Frank, from Devon have been coming to the popular event for the past four years.

"I am amazed at all these beautiful trees," said Her Majesty. "Every year I think it can't get better than last year, but I think it does. Congratulations to everyone for such a fantastic tree festival."

The royal couple will be busier than usual in 2019 as it will mark 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria.

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Crowds queuing to get in to see the trees on Saturday were entertained by the energetic and very loud Leicester Morrismen pictured above.




 

 

Phil Balding, 01/12/2018

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Festival breaks the record!
IT'S a record! The spectacular and amazing Christmas Tree Festival held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, from November 30th until December 4 made a staggering £26,100 profit! More ...
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Keeping you in the picture!
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Remembrance tree proves popular 
One tree which is proving very popular as usual at the Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, is the In Loving Remembrance one brought in by Central England Co-operative Funeral Care. More ...
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Festival in the picture 
Here are some more pictures taken by website editor Phil Balding at this year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
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Warm welcome for Alan and Lesley
It was good to see Alan and Lesley Humphrey in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Monday (December 3rd) looking round this year's Christmas Tree Festival. To find out more read on... More ...
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Painting a happy picture!
A picture paints a thousand words, or so the saying goes. Read on to view pictures taken by website editor Phil Balding on Monday (December 3rd) at this year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
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Perfect end to a perfect evening
A large crowd of people turned out to listen to the fabulous Hathern Band in the beautifully decorated setting of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday night (December 2nd) as part of a Carols of Praise amongst the Christmas Trees. More ...
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The picture of success 
Another day and we're back on the picture trail again. Here are some more pictures taken by website editor Phil Balding throughout the day on Sunday (December 2nd) during the Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
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Drawing crowds from near and far
People come from all the country to see the Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, and these eight people are no exception. Find out more by reading on... More ...
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Carols draw the crowds
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The lights fantastic!
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Don't miss the festive fun!
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Here come the trees!
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The countdown has begun...
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know.... Is it a bit too early to be thinking of Christmas? asks Phil Balding. More ...
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