Dickensian event

Morris dancers brave the weather
Morris dancers brave the weather

The rain on Saturday saw fewer people turn up to the Alfriston Dickensian event than usual but it failed to dampen people’s spirits.

The event, which took place around a week earlier than usual, saw hundreds of people come into the village.

The Morris dancers braved the bad weather to put on an opening performance at 2pm and traders opened their shops late into the evening for shoppers to snap up festive goods.

Among the entertainment on the day included carol singing from Alfriston School pupils and a short play with a Dickensian theme performed by Seaford Youth Drama 

Many of the traders dressed up in Dickensian style costume for the event, which also included entertainment from Eastbourne Scottish Pipe Band, Salvation Army Band and the Expedient Jazz Band.

One of the highlights of the day was Father Christmas turning the lights on the tree in the village square at 5pm.

Frankie Reynolds, secretary of the committee which organises the event, said, “The forecast was wrong, it was right for the first half of the day and it was pouring with rain.

“The forecast was for it to get worse but as the afternoon turned into the evening it became dry.

“Sometimes we have had thousands of people, this time it was more like hundreds. But ti still went very well.

“The procession with the Bonfire Boyes was dramatic and the band played.”