GALLERY: Thousands enjoy Wisbech Christmas Market

MORE THAN 7,000 people flocked from all over Fenland to enjoy the range of market stalls and live entertainment at Wisbech Christmas Market on Monday.

They were treated to an appearance by Santa and his reindeers at one of the districts most popular events.

Vivien MacRae, the Mayor of Wisbech, was on hand to open the market at 10.30am.

The event was organised by Fenland District Council in partnership with town councils and local community groups.

Mike Chapman, Fenland District Council’s markets and events manager, was thrilled with how the event unfolded,

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He said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day and the town did itself proud.

“For the first time in several years the weather was kind to us and the turn-out was amazing.

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“All the entertainers put on a great show, there was lots of food and drink and the stalls and shops did great business. We couldn’t have asked for more for this 10th anniversary event.”

Street entertainers Phillippe-Philloppe, singers and performers including Pedro the Clown, the Foolhardy Folk photography team and the Victorian Strollers put on a memorable show for those in attendance,

The crafts market in St Peter’s church hall and continental market in the Crescent proved to be popular destinations.

There was a Dickensian exhibition in the museum and a Christmas tableau was on display in the Baptist church in Hill Street.

Kevin Smith, manager of the Horsefair shopping centre who sponsored the reindeer at the event, said the market could help bring shoppers to the town.

He said: “This year’s Wisbech Christmas Market was fantastic.

“It showcased the town perfectly as a destination for shoppers and visitors; hopefully it also provided a boost in sales for the town’s retailers and left a positive impression on everyone who attended, which will encourage them to return throughout the year.”

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