Christmas Fayre is a real cracker at QEGS

Pupils join in the festive fun. EMN-171127-104137001
Pupils join in the festive fun. EMN-171127-104137001

Christmas came early at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School last Friday as hundreds of people attended the annual Festive Fayre.

Organised by the school’s Parents’ Association, the event is an important fundraiser.

Hats and smiles at school Christmas Fayre. EMN-171127-104157001

Hats and smiles at school Christmas Fayre. EMN-171127-104157001

And, within minutes of the doors opening, the Main Hall was packed to the rafters.

The fayre featured a wide range of stalls including tombola, cakes and various games.

Most of the stalls were manned by students whose hard work preparing for the big night certainly paid off.

Once again, one of the highlights was a grand auction.

Cakes galore at QEGS Christmas Fayre. EMN-171127-104210001

Cakes galore at QEGS Christmas Fayre. EMN-171127-104210001

Two famous former students played their part as books signed by TV comedian and actor Robert Webb and The Times’ Political Editor Tim Shipman proved to be popular.

There was list of more than 50 auction items ranging from swims at Jubilee Park and Magnae Vita-owned pools to beauty hampers and meals out at local restaurants and pubs.

A spokesman for the Parents’ Association said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to the local businesses and companies who donated to our auction and raffle - and also thanks to everyone who supported the evening and helped make it such a success.”

Meanwhile, QEGS will be staging another festive event tomorrow (Thursday) evening - an Advent Concert at St Mary’s Church.

It starts at 7pm.

Admission is free and a collection will be made for the school Music Department and the Trussell Trust which coordincates food banks across the country.