HAILSHAM: Christmas market ‘will boost festive trade’

A DICKENSIAN-style market is set to take place in Hailsham as part of the town’s Christmas celebrations.

The festival is planned for Saturday December 10 and Hailsham Town Council is working on a programme of activities aimed at giving a festive boost to town trade and attracting more people to the town centre during the festive season.

Plans for the street market and associated festivities are still in the initial stages and many of the acts have yet to be confirmed.

But the line-up will include an exciting range of traditional Christmas market stalls and food stands in the High Street.

Councillor Jo Bentley, lead councillor for both leisure and commercial, and visitor promotion at Hailsham Town Council said, “The activities will bring energy and atmosphere to the town and our main aim is to establish a lively and inclusive festive event that is community-led and benefits the residents of Hailsham, whilst supporting local traders and increasing the footfall in the town during the festive period.”

Hailsham Lions’ Club and the Lark In The Park Trust have also thrown their weight behind the event and are working with the town council.

Cllr Bentley said, “While most of the arrangements for the event are not yet in place, we are confident the Christmas Market will be a great family event offering something for everyone. Father Christmas will, of course, be making an appearance and have a grotto full of goodies to hand out to children.

“The market will be a great place to shop for pre-Christmas gifts and quality local and regional fine food, and there will be traditional carol singing and other street entertainment, with a mouth-watering hog roast to tempt visitors.”

Festivities officer Karen Moralee said, “This year, the town council wanted to do something bigger and better than ever before.

“We are asking for expressions of interest from traders to have market stalls.

“So far, we’ve received interest from people who want to sell roasted chestnuts, turkeys and candy floss, and we welcome applications from traders selling food, crafts and Christmas gifts. Please reserve a pitch as early as possible to avoid disappointment.”

Budding street entertainers are also wanted and should contact the town council for further details.

Interested traders and organisations should call Karen on 841702 for an application form.