Hailsham: A Dickens of a Christmas

A stallholder at Hailsham Christmas Market
A stallholder at Hailsham Christmas Market
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HUNDREDS of residents attended a Dickensian-style Yuletide Market in Hailsham town centre on Saturday.

Hailsham High Street was home to a number of stalls selling a wide range of Christmas food, presents, decorations, cards, mulled wines, hand-made chocolates and other items.

The market featured a wide range of festive entertainment for all the family including carol singers, bell ringers and a performance from Wealden Brass Band.

The Town Council began working on a program of activities in the summer, aimed at giving a boost to town trade and attracting more people to the town centre during the festive season.

The success of the market, according to Town Mayor Jeff Bentley-Astor, was down to the hard work of working parties involved in its organisation.

The mayor also praised the support received from Tesco, Waitrose, Hailsham Lions Club, Hailsham Rotary Club and Quintins Centre staff from the outset.

Cllr Bentley-Astor said, “The Yuletide Market was an enjoyable event and a big success for all concerned.

“I was staggered at the quality of goods on sale and the diversity of what was on offer.

“It certainly felt Christmassy.”

Councillor Jo Bentley, one of the councillors responsible for organising the market, said, “The Yuletide Market is a marvellous achievement for the Town Council and we felt that it was a great community event in which everyone enjoyed.

“Not only did we receive positive feedback from stall holders on Saturday in terms of product sales, but we saw how the Yuletide Market drew in the crowds.

“There was an obvious knock-on benefit for town centre shops which also had a good day.

“We are certain that this will become an annual event with more stalls and even more seasonal entertainment next December.

“Many thanks to all those involved in helping to make the Yuletide Market a success and for creating such a bustling and festive atmosphere.”

For all enquiries relating to next year’s festivities, please contact Karen Moralee on 01323 841702 or send an email to Karen.moralee@hailsham-tc.gov.uk.