Carols ring out on market day

Photo: David Hurst'Brothers Henry, Ted and Louie Hargreaves meet Father Christmas at the Great Eccleston Christmas Market
Photo: David Hurst'Brothers Henry, Ted and Louie Hargreaves meet Father Christmas at the Great Eccleston Christmas Market
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THE weather did little to dampen festivities as the crowds turned out for the annual Great Eccleston Christmas Market.

Despite heavy rains on Sunday morning, more than 200 people gathered in the centre square to watch children from Great Eccleston Copp CE School and St Mary’s RC Primary School perform in the carol service.

All Hallows Bispham Church Band also helped entertain the visitors, as they browsed stalls and enjoyed the attractions.

Children were delighted to visit Santa’s grotto, and take advantage of the fairground and donkey rides.

Village centre manager Hugh Glover said the event had been another great success, and added: “The market is always a major fund-raising event, and this year proved no different with a good amount raised.

“Unfortunately, it was just the weather, but it really did pick up in the afternoon and, thanks to the magnificent efforts of Tom Hargreaves and the people who support us, it was a great event which brings the whole community together.”

Carol service organiser Margaret Fowler added: “It was brilliant. People love to come and join in the carol service. The kids love singing and families love seeing them perform and witnessing what Christmas is all about.”

Proceeds from the event go towards Great Eccleston Village Centre Charitable organisation.