PICTURES: Hadleigh starts Christmas shopping early at annual craft and food fair
With less than two months until Christmas, shoppers in Hadleigh got their festive shopping started early on Sunday, with the return of the town’s annual craft and food fair.
Organised by the Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity, the event at the town hall drew more than 700 visitors, who perused a wide variety of food, drink, crafts and Christmas items from local producers and creators.
Among the stalls – run by vendors from Hadleigh, Sudbury and the wider area – were sales of clothing, artwork, jewellery, textiles, stained glass, bird boxes, dolls and accessories, while food items included wild boar, jams, marshmallows, teas and coffees.
Stallholders’ fees raised approximately £2,600 for the feoffment charity, to go towards the ongoing maintenance of the town hall and guildhall complex, while proceeds from sales went directly to the vendors.
Sue Munson, of Hadleigh Town Council, told the Free Press: “It was very well attended and well supported. There was a variety of stalls selling all sorts of things.
“We hold this event every year in November. A lot of people start to do their Christmas shopping at this time of year.
“We get a lot of regular stallholders who come back every year; they do a lot of the markets during the year, so they must do quite well here,” added Mrs Munson.