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Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre

RAISING MONEY FOR: SENIORS' COMMUNITY PARTY

 
Back again on 11th December 2022 

Wetherby town centre become a hive of activity on Sunday 12th December when the long-established annual 'Dickensian Christmas Market and Craft Fayre' took pride of place.

The increasingly popular event, now with the restyled 'Artisan Market', thrilled the crowds with its multiple festive attractions and vast array of products and crafts on sale.  Organisers, Wetherby District Lions Club and Little Bird Markets, saw the Market Place packed with local artisan traders showcasing their handmade goods and products.  They had a really brisk trade alongside the Craft Fayre event in the Town Hall.  

The event, which began at 9.00 am, was officially opened an hour later by ITV Calendar presenter Duncan Wood and Wetherby Town Mayor Councillor Neil O'Byrne.  Santa arrived after the short speeches to the delight of the  long queues of families and their children who formed outside his 'spanking new' seasonally decorated grotto. Another major attraction was Casper and Rollo, the two Alpacas from Elmet Alpacas in Sherburn, who helped Santa's reindeer by coming along in their place.

Throughout the day festive music was provided by Wetherby Silver Band, Collingham Wind Band, Wetherby Musical Theatre Group Choir and the school choirs of St Josephs and Crossley Street with many local charities having stalls at the market displaying their local festive wares. 

“We work hard to make the Dickensian Christmas Market the one event that really brings Wetherby people of all ages together in the most festive setting, “says Wetherby Lions President, Tim Ritson.  “This year’s event did not disappoint and proved what a great community we have in Wetherby, and how well they support local causes.”  

Wetherby Lions also presented their annual 'Wetherby Townsperson of the Year Award' at the event; the winners announced on the day were Robert Gray and Aileen Dunlop.   Go to our webpage here to vote for next year’s recipient.

Thanks to Tammy at 'Zoom-in Photography' on 0784 255 5484 for the photos.

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