A record breaking collection of 1,346 stunning trees light up St Mary’s Church for the annual Christmas Tree Festival.

Mail Plus Melton Mowbray Christmas Tree FestivalThe beautiful church in the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray is transformed with hundreds of decorated trees supplied by individuals and businesses in the area.  People come from far and wide to see the spectacle with large crowds queuing to get a glimpse of the glittering array of brightly coloured trees filling the church.

The popular event is now in its 14th year and is thought to be the largest Christmas Tree Festival in the country.

St Mary’s Parish Church is the largest parish church in the Leicester Diocese. It is a grand cruciform church with transepts and a crossing tower of scrubbed limestone.  Dating mainly from the 13th-15th centuries, it is built on a plan more usual for cathedrals and the 100-foot tower dominates the town. It is a rare example of a parish church with aisled transepts (one of only five in the country) a feature usually found only in a cathedral.

This year’s festival will raise money for Home-Start and for the restoration of the church.  The church will close in January 2017 while the floor is raised, heating installed, a new sound system built and the organ overhauled.

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