GALLERY: Festive cheer is out in force at Wisbech Christmas market

Wisbech Christmas Market. Jodie and Jasmine Boldan with Santa. Wisbech Christmas Market. Jodie and Jasmine Boldan with Santa.

Monday, December 16, 2013
5:31 PM

Festive cheer was spread by the sackful today when Wisbech held its annual Christmas market.

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Wisbech Christmas Market. The Choir sing.Wisbech Christmas Market. The Choir sing.

Stalls, music and even a pair of reindeer were among the attractions on offer to shoppers as they browsed the day’s event.

Entertaining at the official launch were children from Leverington Primary School who sang Christmas songs to the crowds before the market was officially opened by town mayor, Councillor Samantha Hoy, and NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay.

Ms Hoy said: “It was a great success and saw a brilliant turnout.

“We have been in discussion with Fenland District Council to see if we can change it for future years to a Sunday so that more people can enjoy it.

Wisbech Christmas Market. Leverington Primary Acadamy pupils, Megan Clarke and Declan Wakeham meets Wisbech Mayor Samantha Hoy, and Steve Barclay MP.Wisbech Christmas Market. Leverington Primary Acadamy pupils, Megan Clarke and Declan Wakeham meets Wisbech Mayor Samantha Hoy, and Steve Barclay MP.

“It has always been on a weekday but we think a weekend would be even more successful.”

Santa and his sleigh were there for children and there was a large selection of crafts in St Peter’s Church Hall, next to Church Terrace car park.

More than 7,000 people regularly attend the Christmas Market, which is one of the events organised by Fenland District Council in conjunction with Wisbech Town Council, the Horsefair shopping centre and local community groups.

Also mong the attractions were gifts, a steam engine, jewellery, games, Victorian street walkers, ceramics, knitwear and stilt walkers.

Wisbech Christmas Market. Ollie and Mum Sam Dodson feed the Raindeer.Wisbech Christmas Market. Ollie and Mum Sam Dodson feed the Raindeer.

Mike Chapman, markets and events manager for Fenland Council, said: “Turnout was high and everyone had a great time.

“As always the town supported the event really well and we are very pleased with the way it went.”

He confirmed that Fenland would be reviewing the arrangements for next year so that the event may be held at a weekend.

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