Picture Gallery: Fabulous Festival is ‘owl-ing’ success

Organisers of Horncastle’s Christmas Market were all smiles on Sunday after celebrating a sparkling event.

There were huge sighs of relief as rain held off until early afternoon.

Horncastle Fire fighters with Olaf EMN-150712-124047001

Horncastle Fire fighters with Olaf EMN-150712-124047001

It followed problems at this year’s Summer Festival which was a ‘wash out’ and generated lots of complaints.

That, in turn, led to the Festivals Committee cancelling the 2016 Summer Festival.

But the rain clouds stayed away on Sunday morning and despite strong winds, there were plenty of people in the town centre.

Stalls lined the Bull Ring, High Street and West Street with many town businesses throwing open their doors.

Town and district councillor Fiona Martin - who is chairman of the Festivals Committee - said organisers were delighted with the turn out.

She did reveal a couple of stall holders had not turned up because of strong winds while one of the children’s rides was apparently ‘marooned’ in the Cumbria floods.

Coun Martin said: “There were a lot of people about and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.”

The event was specifically aimed at families and eight-year-old Simon Harris was one of many youngsters who thought an impressive display of owls was the ‘best bit’!