Triumph as festive market attracts hundreds of visitors

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A Christmas Market in Hailsham town centre on Saturday has been hailed “a hit” by the Deputy Town Mayor.

Hundreds of people attended the event, which was organised by Hailsham Town Council in partnership with Hailsham Forward.

Vicarage Field was home to around 50 stalls selling a wide range of local and regional fine food, Christmas gifts, decorations, cards, cakes, jewellery and many other items.

The market featured a wide range of festive entertainment throughout the day for all the family including special performances from the Jazz Caverners, Hailsham Choral Society, Herstmonceux Jazz and Rock Choir and The Memphis Flyers.

Santa also made an appearance for the children outside the Quintins Centre courtesy of Hailsham Rotary Club and there was also a Reindeer Rodeo in Vicarage Field.

“Our Christmas Market was a hit and this was evident from the good turn-out by the local community on Saturday,” said Deputy Town Mayor and vice-chairman of the town council’s Festivities and Events Committee, Cllr Amanda O’ Rawe.

“We had a fantastic turn-out at the event and the range of goods on offer from stallholders was outstanding.

“The success of the market was also down to the hard work of working parties involved in its organisation including the Hailsham Forward Town Team, and the support received from Asda, Waitrose, Tesco, Hailsham Lions Club, Hailsham Rotary Club and Quintins Centre management from the outset.”

Cllr Chriss Triandafyllou, chairman of the Festivities and Events Committee, said, “Congratulations on another successful event in Hailsham. It was great to be a part of its organisation and planning and I really enjoyed the sense of community, plus the number of people at the market and the layout of the town was absolutely excellent. Not only was there a great vibe from everyone who attended, but feedback from stallholders and others involved in the event was generally positive.

“On behalf of the town council I’d like to thank Hailsham Forward for their invaluable support without whom the Christmas Market would not be possible. I would also like to thank all our other partners for their great help in making the event a success.”

Elsewhere, the Quintins Centre today (Friday) is the venue for the Friends of Demelza Christmas Fair from 8am until 1pm. There’s something for all at the charity event.

Tomorrow (Saturday), St Peter and St Paul’s Church at Hellingly hosts a Christmas Concert from 7pm. It will be performed by the Salvation Army Band and Songsters with Hellingly School Choir. Tickets are £5 and include light refreshments. Call 01323 841685 or 842620.

Carols ancient and modern will be presented by Hailsham Choral Society at the Civic Community Hall, Vicarage Lane, on Thursday, December 18 (7.30pm). Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s and include mulled wine and mince pies. They are available from The Camera Centre and on the door.