Slideshow: Candlelit procession leads the way to tree festival at St Wulfram’s Church in Grantham

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St Wulfram’s Church has been transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with 105 Christmas trees and ‘ice’ skating rink.

It is a first for the church and a project led by rector Father Stuart Cradduck, who invited businesses and organisations to dress a tree as part of the St Wulfram’s Tree Festival.

Candlelit procession marks start of tree festival at St Wulfram's Church.

Candlelit procession marks start of tree festival at St Wulfram's Church.

The festival launched on Tuesday, when dozens of families, clubs and groups formed a candlelit procession through Grantham, setting off from the Market Place. When they arrived at the church they gathered as Father Stuart gave a speech and a prayer.

He said: “I want to thank so many people who have made this possible, who have allowed me to impose this riotous affair on this ancient building.

“Today begins what I hope is a concentrated celebration of life in Grantham, of all that’s good and of all the great things that happen here, our local communities, our local individuals.”

Surrounding the rink, the crowd then counted down from 10 and watched as youngsters Job and Nicole had the honour of pressing the button to switch on the lights. Once the button was pressed, lights on the 105 trees filling the church were illuminated, to a loud round of applause from the crowd.

Click here to book tickets for the rink.