Christmas market fun in spite of rain

Fenland Christmas Market 2011 held in Wisbech town centre on Monday. David Jackson was the wandering Victorian Minstrel.
Fenland Christmas Market 2011 held in Wisbech town centre on Monday. David Jackson was the wandering Victorian Minstrel.
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THE weather was unfortunately against the stallholders at this year’s Wisbech Christmas Market and shoppers were faced with rain for most of the day.

A “petting zoo” was one of the attractions, operated by Five Jays from Whittlesey. A face painter was another newcomer on the bill for this year’s event, joining about 200 stalls and other attractions, including fairground rides, bands and carol singers.

Fenland Christmas Market 2011 held in Wisbech town centre on Monday. Christmas hats for (from left): Jake Bracken (5), Ben Elsey (6) and 4 year old Jack Elsey.

Fenland Christmas Market 2011 held in Wisbech town centre on Monday. Christmas hats for (from left): Jake Bracken (5), Ben Elsey (6) and 4 year old Jack Elsey.

There was also a big craft fair in St Peter’s church hall.

As usual, Norfolk Street also joined in the fun with the Christmas event organised by the Traders’ Association.

Wisbech Mayor Jonathan Farmer unveiled a plaque at Rosalinds for Debbie Jacklin – chairperson of the Association – who died unexpectedly in June.

A free park and ride service was offered but there were still complaints from many shoppers about the lack of parking in the town centre.

Fenland Christmas Market 2011 held in Wisbech town centre on Monday. Carols from the March and District Amateur Operatic Society.

Fenland Christmas Market 2011 held in Wisbech town centre on Monday. Carols from the March and District Amateur Operatic Society.

Fenland Christmas Market 2011 held in Wisbech town centre on Monday. Festive face painting for Mandy Lewis (left) and Charlie Price.

Fenland Christmas Market 2011 held in Wisbech town centre on Monday. Festive face painting for Mandy Lewis (left) and Charlie Price.