Holbeach Christmas fair needs you!

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Thousands of people who have enjoyed Holbeach Christmas Fair over the years may be disappointed this year - unless a new team of volunteers can be found to run it.

The fair has been a popular date on the festive calendar. with entertainment, 70 stalls from all over the country and, of course, a visit from Santa.

Last year it attracted between seven and 10,000 people to the town, but it has now become a victim of its own success.

Lisa Tegue, a local businesswoman who runs a houseware shop in Holbeach, has been involved in the organising for the past seven years.

Now only she, treasurer Barbara Poselippi and Brian Hinds remain on the committee, which used to have eight members.

She said: “Three just isn’t enough. We are hoping to find a new team of volunteers to take it over.

“My business keeps me so busy and the other volunteers are retired. There’s just too much for us to do on our own.”

A provisional date for this year’s event has been set for Sunday, December 7. Lisa said: “The road closure is in place, but there is a lot more to running an event than this and then booking entertainment.

“These days there is such a lot of health and safety work, but we don’t want that to put people off because we would be there to guide and support them.

“The main thing is it’s non-profit making and done for the enjoyment of the community.

“We’ve had a lot of pleasure from running it and it’s got better every year. It would be such a shame for it to end.

“Last year’s fair ended on a high, which is what we wanted. It’s a good event and we would like to see it go forward.

“We just need to find some volunteers with the time and energy to bring it together and then have a nice time in the end.”

If you are interested in forming a committee, call Lisa on 01406 426466.