Video: Candlelit procession marks start of the St Wulfram’s Christmas Tree Festival

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Dozens of families, clubs and organisations formed a procession through Grantham this afternoon (Tuesday) in celebration of St Wulfram’s first Christmas tree festival.

The long procession set off from Market Place to St Wulfram’s Church, holding lanterns, and when they arrived at the church they gathered as Father Stuart Cradduck, rector of St Wulfram’s, gave a speech and a prayer.

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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.”

He went on to say: “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 ‘ice’ rink, in the centre of the church, 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 appluase from the crowd.

Also officially launched this evening is the ‘ice’ rink in the church. Click here to book tickets for the rink.