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Christmas Day church service ends in snowball fight

Worshippers at one church service had an unusual end to their Christmas Day service - a snowball fight.

The congregation at St Mary's Church in Melton in Leicestershire entered into the festive spirit of the day armed with more than 300 white pom-poms and two snow machines for the fun.

Churchgoers in Melton ending their festive service with a fun snowball fight Credit: BPM Media

It came after the annual Christmas Day All-Age Celebration Service, and it was the first time the snowball fight had taken place in the historic church for more than four years.

"There was a good turnout for the popular service. Rev Ashby asked people to show some of their Christmas presents before revealing some of his - which included a brussels sprout hat; Mistletoe on-the-go, which had mistletoe on an extendable stick, and a pair of reindeer antlers which moved up and down and lit up.

When the service finished, came the return after four years of the St Mary's snowball fight. Five minutes of madness followed, with Rev Ashby being attacked most with the pom-pom snowballs."

– Philip Balding, church website manager