Tree-mendous start to Christmas at Longridge church fair

A Longridge church had an early Christmas present when more than £4,200 was raised for  church funds.

Wednesday, 28th November 2018, 12:47 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th November 2018, 12:55 pm
The junior choir sang carols
The junior choir sang carols

Vicar Rev Mike Barton declared the annual Christmas Tree Fair “spectacular”.

Crowds thronged the sparkling Christmas tree-lined aisles in venue St Paul’s Church, enjoying the many attractive stalls and the busy festive cafe at event.

Youngsters queued to tell Father Christmas their wish list for Christmas and the junior choir, led by Rebekah Okpoti, opened the fair by singing carols.

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"Elf" Karen Boardman at the Christmas Tree Fair

A bumper raffle helped boost funds and refreshments of turkey barmcakes, sausage baps, hot mulled wine or teas with coffees and desserts proving popular.

A spokesman said: “It was a joy to see so many families enjoying the occasion.

“It was a great team effort with an excellent result, matching last year’s total and one that should give us great encouragement as we near the end of our 150th anniversary year.”

* Photos by Fred Little.

Choir team Gilian Whalley, Mike Dawson and Rosemary Lyons setting out their stall
"EWlf" Rie Waterman at the fair
May Heys looks after the Golden Hampers
Ruth Wilkinson and Ray Saunders at the Fair
Ruth Ball on the craft stall