Market and fayre pull in the crowds

Big smiles and waves from Kelly Newell, Lorraine Walker, Bev Chamberlain and Tracy Warrington on the German Shepherd Dog Rescue stall at Spalding Christmas Market. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG061215-110TW
Big smiles and waves from Kelly Newell, Lorraine Walker, Bev Chamberlain and Tracy Warrington on the German Shepherd Dog Rescue stall at Spalding Christmas Market. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG061215-110TW
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Spalding’s rescheduled Sunday Christmas Market and the two-day St Nicholas Fayre at Holbeach were big crowd-pleasers.

A funfair, live music and 40 stalls brought shoppers to Spalding – and stallholders and shops alike reported a great day’s trade.

Holbeach ATC members Tom Busby, Amy Lavery, Liam Matson, Tyler De Barr, Helen Savoury, Eva Lavery, Amy Woodman and Alex De Barr man their lucky dip at All Saints' Church, Holbeach. SG051215-107TW

Holbeach ATC members Tom Busby, Amy Lavery, Liam Matson, Tyler De Barr, Helen Savoury, Eva Lavery, Amy Woodman and Alex De Barr man their lucky dip at All Saints' Church, Holbeach. SG051215-107TW

The St Nicholas Fayre was staged in and around All Saints’ Church but high winds on Saturday meant it was mostly inside.

Organiser Jane Francis said: “We rehoused most people in the church on the Saturday. I opened the west doors to let people in and just everything went flying.”

But it was still a brilliant weekend, with hundreds of people turning up, and the fayre is expected to at least match last year’s event when £4,5000 was raised for charity.

Gavin Allmand, from Spalding Town Retailers’ Association, praised Lincolnshire County Highways for the speedy decision to allow the town’s fledgling Christmas market to go ahead on a different day.

Christmas florist Sue Foyster did a roaring trade in Spalding. SG061215-111TW

Christmas florist Sue Foyster did a roaring trade in Spalding. SG061215-111TW

He also praised Sue Stubley, from Occasions Jewellery, and Mike Knight, the district council environmental services inspector responsible for markets, for their hard work in putting the event together.

Mr Allmand said: “I think, given the circumstances, it actually went very well.”

Laith Al-Chaso takes a funfair ride in Spalding. SG061215-118aTW

Laith Al-Chaso takes a funfair ride in Spalding. SG061215-118aTW

St Nicholas Fayre organisers Nigel Beverley-Stone, Carol Rudkin, Margaret Whaley and Jane Francis. SG061215-103TW

St Nicholas Fayre organisers Nigel Beverley-Stone, Carol Rudkin, Margaret Whaley and Jane Francis. SG061215-103TW

Becky James and Ryan Forman with their personalised Christmas hampers at the St Nicholas Fayre. SG051215-100TW

Becky James and Ryan Forman with their personalised Christmas hampers at the St Nicholas Fayre. SG051215-100TW