PICTURES: Hundreds of visitors flock to returning Clare Christmas Fair
Festive food, drinks, entertainment and lots of gifts were on offer at Clare’s two-day Christmas Fair.
Visitors were treated to a performance from Hells Bells Alternative Morris Dancers, as well as a visit from children’s entertainers the Snow Queen and Baggsy.
The fair took place in two locations this year – at St Peter and St Paul’s Church and in the Old School Community Centre.
It kicked off on Friday evening and was opened by Terry Waite CBE.
After it finished on Saturday, the town’s Christmas lights were switched on.
More than 60 exhibitors took part. As well as stalls selling a wide variety of festive fare, there was music from the Bury St Edmunds Salvation Army brass band, stilt walkers, a fairground ride and, of course, a visit from Father Christmas and his reindeer.
Organiser Christina Glover said: “We’ve tried to build it up to something spectacular and people seemed to be happy with it all this year. We had hundreds of visitors.”
She said money raised will go towards a fund to repair the church clock.
Clare will stage a Christmas market on Market Hill on Saturday, December 15.
Offering everything from home-made Christmas puddings and hampers to Christmas wreaths and crafts, the market takes places from 8.30am to 2pm.
Around 20 stalls selling items including locally-produced gins, whiskeys and rums, waxed cheeses, pies, fruit, vegetables, fresh bread and cakes will be set up in the town centre.
Stallholders will be handing out free chocolate coins, while music will ensure a festive atmosphere with just 10 days to go before Christmas.