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St. Mary's C of E Parish Church

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Article printed from at 07:39 on 23 February 2020