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York hosts UK's largest ice trail for Christmas Festival

Moonface on Kings Square was paid for by York Premier Inn Image copyright Visit York
Image caption Local businesses have paid for the sculptures

The UK's biggest ice trail has been held in York as part of the city's Christmas Festival.

Forty-five ice sculptures, using more than 10 tonnes of ice, included a 2m-high Viking, and the Night King from Game of Thrones.

The freezing temperatures over the weekend in York meant the sculptures did not melt.

The designs, sponsored by local businesses, featured Stephenson's Rocket, a Minion and Peter Rabbit.

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Media captionYork's ice sculptures were removed at the end of the weekend
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Image caption The 2m-high Mighty Viking was sculpted in studios before being transported to Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate in York city centre
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Image caption Stephenson's Rocket - sponsored by the National Railway Museum - was created in the Glacial Art studio before being transported to York city centre
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Image caption Siggy the Mansion House Dragon was at St Helens Square
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Image caption Visit York launched the ice trail across the city in 2015 and said it planned to hold one every year
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Image caption Bradley's Jewellers on Low Petergate sponsored a sculpture of a huge diamond ring

A Lego Batman was on display on Walmgate, Garfield on Low Petergate, the Virgin Mary at Minster Piazza, and a replica of the Tornado steam engine on Spurriergate.

Tourist body Visit York said the ice trail would be removed before the sculptures melt, but it plans to hold a new one each year.

Mat Foster, of Glacial Art, which creates the sculptures using chainsaws and chisels, said it was "without doubt" the biggest project the company had ever undertaken.

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Image caption Moonface on Kings Square was paid for by York Premier Inn

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