Holbeach fayre is victory for town

Santa meets Emily and Harrison Belokon-Dennis.

Santa meets Emily and Harrison Belokon-Dennis.

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They only had ten weeks to create a magical Christmas fayre, but the organising 
committee in Holbeach 
managed to do it – and the fayre was a great success.

The two-day Victorian themed event was visited by hundreds of people and left All Saints Church crammed full.

Dave and Irene Arlott purveyors of English honey ANL-140712-000413009

Dave and Irene Arlott purveyors of English honey ANL-140712-000413009

Visitors enjoyed a dog show, fancy dress, craft and food stalls, a zumba demonstration and a farmers market.

There was also a Christingle service at the church and an interactive story book – Codex – created by Transported which featured the story of William Stukeley, information from Holbeach Civic Society and stories from the Fens.

A combination of local charities, including All Saints Church and Patchett Lodge, raised over £2,500.

The Christmas lights in Holbeach were also switched on over the weekend.

Sam Winford-Russell, who won a children’s competition to design an external decoration, switched on the lights with MP for South Holland and the Deepings John Hayes.

Jane Francis, one of the organisers, said: “Considering we had to have it up and running in ten weeks, I am really pleased with how it went.

On Saturday, the whole town was buzzing and it was great to see everyone over the weekend getting into the spirit of things.

“I am really pleased with what we have achieved.”