Glad tidings of comfort and joy at Woodhall Spa Christmas Fayre

Woodhall Spa Christmas Market pulled in the crowds on Friday EMN-140812-151101001
Woodhall Spa Christmas Market pulled in the crowds on Friday EMN-140812-151101001

Even the weather showed its festive spirit, as a bitter night and bright moon added to that seasonal feeling at Woodhall Spa’s Christmas Fayre.

Hundreds of townsfolk and visitors packed the main street on Friday evening, with some coming as far away as Sheffield for what must be one of the highlights of the Woodhall Spa calendar.

Some 60 stalls covered a range of giftware, food and drink, and there was plenty of entertainment for the children, including that all-important visit from Santa.

Ian Ramsay, member of the Christmas Fayre’s organising committee, said the weather was “perfect for a Christmas event.” The main street was packed from end to end for most of the evening,” and the stalls did “a roaring trade.”

The Christmas Fayre featured a town crier heading a parade, carol singers from local schools, performances from Mareham Le Fen Silver Band, Dance Fusion, Sleaford Ukelele Band, the Kesteven Morris Men and a variety of buskers and musicians. A raffle had a £250 top prize and there was a competition for best shop window.

Children were also entertained by “Ed and Eddie” running shows on a London bus. There were clowns as well as Santa, who was “busy all night.”

“All in all there was a lot going on. We were very pleased with the way the night went on. There was also no litter left and all the tents had been taken down by Saturday morning,” Ian added.

Fellow co-organiser John Ranshaw said the Christmas Fayre “was a great effort by Woodhall Spa Rotary and the town council.”

In addition to helping run the fayre, Rotary has brightened up the town by lighting up trees in Broadway and the Millennium Gardens.

“We had terrific support from the businesses. It was a great evening and all the businesses got behind it. We got the public supporting it too,” John continued.

“The Christmas Fayre was first-rate, a combination of everything. The weather was perfect and it all came together so well. We had some very interesting stalls and there was the sheer ambience of the whole evening.”