Excellent response to Horsefair shoebox appeal

Shoeboxes at the Horsefair, with manager Kevin Smith.
Shoeboxes at the Horsefair, with manager Kevin Smith.

TO kick off the festive season, the Horsefair shopping centre in Wisbech launched its annual Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box campaign and received an excellent response.

The campaign – which is run in conjunction with the Horsefair, its Kodak Shop, the town’s Oasis Book Shop and Walsoken Parish Church – received an excellent response, with nearly 400 gift boxes handed in.

“The shoe box campaign was a fantastic start to the Christmas festivities at the Horsefair, plus we have lots of planned entertainment over the next four weeks and shoppers who prefer to shop locally have a great selection of stores to choose from, not only at the Horsefair, but throughout the town too. Hopefully this will encourage more shoppers to stay in Wisbech,” said Horsefair manager, Kevin Smith.

With Christmas getting closer, most the centre’s stores will be open for seven days from December 3 up until Christmas Eve. The centre’s top-floor car park will also be open every Sunday creating 190 additional spaces which will be free all day with no time restrictions applying.

The Horsefair’s Christmas lights will be illuminated from Friday as part of the town’s switch on from 6pm and the centre has some festive Christmas bands lined up to entertain shoppers. The brass bands will play every Saturday from December 3 up until the big day.

In addition, youngsters will be treated to a free fairground ride between 10am – 2pm on Saturday, December 17 giving parents an opportunity to take a break during their Christmas shopping.

Wisbech’s annual Christmas Market will return to the town and the centre from 8am on Monday, December 19. There will be various stalls from the market located at the centre with hundreds throughout the town with all sorts of food and gift ideas on offer from turkeys to tinsel, mulled wine to mince pies, and chestnuts to Christmas trees, plus a balloon modeller will be on hand throughout the day to entertain youngsters in the Horsefair.