Malmesbury Christmas Fayre 2012
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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 08:45
This ever popular event attracted hundreds of shoppers, families and revellers to the Town Centre on Friday evening.
Organised by Malmesbury & District Chamber of Commerce, as well as over 30 stalls, almost all the High Street shops were open, many providing refreshments for their customers, new and old, as well as prize draws, gifts and offers.
The evening was opened by the Mayor and Lord and Lady Suffolk with the official switching on of the High Street Christmas Lights followed by the announcement of the Best Dressed Window competition. This was presented to Malmesbury Rocks by Ian and Barbara Pollard of Malmesbury Abbey Gardens. Father Christmas was next to arrive on his sleigh and made his way to his very own Grotto, kindly donated by Malmesbury Garden Centre and decorated by the local children of St Joseph’s Primary School and Amano Tailors. Presents were given to the many children who visited Father Christmas, kindly donated by Dyson, Co-op, Amano, Fielder & Jones, Malmesbury Rocks, Summer Cafe and Malmesbury Chamber.
Aside from the High Street, Oxford Street and the Cross Hayes where the various stalls were situated, the Market Cross was a hive of entertainment provided by Jon Ponting, the Chippenham Salvation Army, local Hand Bell ringers and the local choir. Of particular note was the effort made by Leonard Walker Butchers, who sold burgers throughout the night, with all the proceeds going to SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society), raising over £900 on the night.
“It has been a great success” said Paul Baker, Chairman of Malmesbury Chamber, “to see the Town Centre so busy is brilliant and shows that there is a real desire for a healthy and vibrant High Street. The atmosphere was fantastic and I think all of the businesses did a roaring trade. My thanks to all the volunteers who made it possible.”