Tree-mendous start to Christmas at Longridge church fair

The junior choir sang carols
The junior choir sang carols

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

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

"Elf" Karen Boardman at the Christmas Tree Fair

"Elf" Karen Boardman at the Christmas Tree Fair

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.

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.

Choir team Gilian Whalley, Mike Dawson and Rosemary Lyons setting out their stall

Choir team Gilian Whalley, Mike Dawson and Rosemary Lyons setting out their stall

“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.

"EWlf" Rie Waterman at the fair

"EWlf" Rie Waterman at the fair

May Heys looks after the Golden Hampers

May Heys looks after the Golden Hampers

Ruth Wilkinson and Ray Saunders at the Fair

Ruth Wilkinson and Ray Saunders at the Fair

Ruth Ball on the craft stall

Ruth Ball on the craft stall