Crowds enjoy Melton’s Victorian Christmas Fayre despite strong gale force winds

Howad Rose entertained the crowd after officially opening the Fayre PHOTO: Tim Williams
Howad Rose entertained the crowd after officially opening the Fayre PHOTO: Tim Williams
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Thousands of people braved the blustery weather to enjoy a festive feast of entertainment at the Victorian Christmas Fayre over the weekend.

Despite fears the fun could of been downsized or even cancelled the weather did not crush visitors spirits, and the event went ahead as planned.

Norma, Andy and Sam Hoyle busy selling their Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin PHOTO: Tim Williams

Norma, Andy and Sam Hoyle busy selling their Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin PHOTO: Tim Williams

Those who attended were greeted by Queen Victoria, a town crier and Jack Frost.

In the Market Place there was over 150 stalls, fair rides, animal attractions, live music, dancing, brass bands, street urchins, stilt walkers and chimney sweeps.

Howard Rose kicked off proceedings by officially opening the fayre and Santa himself stopped by for the children.

Visitors also took some time to visit the spectacular St Mary’s Tree festival and fantastic Sage Cross Crib festival as they made their way around.

7 year old Kiera Bailey got a present off Santa in the Lions Grotto  PHOTO: Tim Williams

7 year old Kiera Bailey got a present off Santa in the Lions Grotto PHOTO: Tim Williams

Ruth Wakeling, organiser of the Victorian Fayre, said: “What a year we’ve had. It was very good despite the weather on Saturday, where we had to say to stall holders they couldn’t put gazebos up.

“Christmas events were cancelled in Syston and Newark so Melton was lucky to survive.

“We had around 45 coaches bringing visitors this year and it was great to see so many of the traders dress up and get into the spirit of Christmas.”