GALLERY: Benwick rolls back the years at their Dickensian market

Dickensian Market Benwick. Finley Wade from the Manea silver band.

Dickensian Market Benwick. Finley Wade from the Manea silver band. - Credit: Archant

Residents of Benwick rolled back the years on Saturday, when crowds turned out for the annual Dickensian market.

Dickensian Market Benwick. Claire Tash with her signs for sale..

Dickensian Market Benwick. Claire Tash with her signs for sale.. - Credit: Archant

The village centre was transformed into a Victorian street scene, with stallholders and members of the organising Benwick Residents Association committee dressed in costume.

Dickensian Market Benwick. Mid Winter Mummers.

Dickensian Market Benwick. Mid Winter Mummers. - Credit: Archant

Manea Silver Band played all afternoon, dressed as Dickensian characters including urchins and the Artful Dodger.

Dickensian Market Benwick.

Dickensian Market Benwick. - Credit: Archant

Residents Association secretary Linda Keppel Spoor said: “We had a really good afternoon, it was a lovely community event and was well supported. We had a good variety of stalls, with cheese, fudge and sweets for sale, along with some lovely crafts.”

The Midwinter Mummers added to the atmosphere with their performance of a play in the street and in the village pub, the Five Alls.


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Children were entertained by a Punch and Judy show from Uncle Mick’s Magic, there was face painting, and youngsters were able to visit Santa in his grotto.

Birds of prey and owls were brought to the village by JTS Falcons of Burton-on-Trent, and Victorian artefacts from a museum in London were on show at the village pub, and there was a hog roast.

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Mrs Keppel-Spoor added: “This was a great fun day for the village, and we are already making plans for next year’s event.”

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