Snow falls on Long Melford’s Olde Christmas fair

Source: East Anglian Daily Times

The first Long Melford Olde Christmas fair has been hailed a success by organisers, with more than 1,000 people turning out to the event yesterday.

The entire village centre was covered in snow for the occasion, by 10 snow machines that lined the main street, as crowds welcomed Father Christmas and two of his reindeer and donkeys.

Carol singers and a silver band entertained villagers and their guests before the event culminated with a lantern parade at dusk.

Emma Butler Smith, who is on the organising committee, said: “It was brilliant, absolutely fantastic.

“It’s the first time we have done it, but the hope is that it’s the first of many and it becomes a big village tradition.

“Everyone loved Father Christmas. People have been in and out of the shops…the pubs and cafes have done a roaring trade.”

The event has been funded by grants from Long Melford Parish Council and local businesses, as well as donations from residents, and funds raised through the sale of raffle tickets and bake sales in the run up to the event.

Any remaining funds will be used towards the costs of next year’s fair.

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