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PHOTO GALLERY: Seasonal sparkle as Crowland's Christmas lights are switched on




The hard work of a team of fundraisers paid off with a day of festive fun in Crowland on Saturday.

For the past year, the town's Christmas Lights Committee has been busy planning the event to make the town sparkle.

A street fair in North Street kept the fun flowing for visitors, with stalls, festive food and drink on offer, and a funfair.

Enjoying the funfair are Sophie and Chris McDonald and Kiera McKernan. (5725080)
Enjoying the funfair are Sophie and Chris McDonald and Kiera McKernan. (5725080)

And youngsters had the chance to visit Santa in his grotto in a shop decked out by Strickland's Builders. The firm also provided the beautiful decorations for the Christmas tree set up outside Trinity Bridge. The tree itself was donated by Phillip Green of Classic Printers in the town.

Earlier in the day, people could browse the St Nicholas craft fair in the Abbey which included everything from vintage items and collectables to mince pies and home-made food and mulled wine.

The Christmas Lights Committee includes parish council clerk Brenda Stanojevic, parish council chairwoman Cathi Elphee, Libby Jackson, Di Halliwell (assistant parish council clerk), Ros Mayle, Rachel Cross and Frances Laycock.

Brenda said: "We fundraise to put the event on, which included fundraising at the Crowland Show this year. Our main raffle prize was a wheelbarrow full of booze which was very popular!

"There was a real festive spirit at the event, with Christmas music playing and Santa in his grotto."

Taylors of Stamford provided the funfair and the Spar supermarket donated presents for Santa's grotto. Santa switched on the town's Christmas lights and was joined by the cast of Crowland Amateur Dramatic Society who will soon celebrate their 40th anniversary.

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