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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Festive spirit at seasonal market

VILLAGERS defied the wet weather to enjoy Broughton’s second ever Christmas market.

The village square was transformed in to a bustling market place yesterday, complete with Santa’s grotto.

Despite a damp start, cheery Christmas music from the Holborn Hill Brass Band helped lighten spirits, as stallholders proudly showed off their wares.

Among those was Lorraine Emerson, from Bowness, whose handmade cards proved a big hit.

She said: “Some of them take me up to four-hours to make. But it’s just a hobby.

“Everybody has been kind about them and there has been a lovely atmosphere here.”

The host of festive treats on offer – from mulled wine to mince pies – were gobbled up by market-goers.

And later in the day onlookers were treated to a live nativity scene, with organiser Diane Bath’s three-month old granddaughter, Honey, starring as baby Jesus.

Choir singers from Broughton CE Primary School, dressed in festive carol singing attire, helped round off proceedings on a high note.

Mrs Bath said: “We’ve got more stalls here than last year.

“This is a really good community building event and a lot of the community turn out to support it.

“The weather hasn’t dampened spirits too much.

“The market seems to have been well received by everybody and hopefully we can extend it so we can have an Easter market too.”

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