Concern over strong gales has forced organisers to make contingency plans for Hailsham’s Christmas Market.
The event – organised by Hailsham Town Council and Hailsham Forward – is set to take place from 10am to 4pm on Saturday (December 5).
But with 50mph gales expected to hit the town this weekend, the council says the there is now a possibility that the market will take place inside the Hailsham Civic Community Hall in Vicarage Lane instead of Vicarage Field as planned.
An open-air ice rink in Vicarage Field is still expected to be open to the public.
Cllr Amanda O’Rawe, deputy town mayor and chairman of the council’s communities committee, urges people to attend the event.
She said, “If you’re looking for special gifts for your loved ones, our Christmas Market has around 50 stalls to browse. From Christmas cards and decorations to fine food, crafts and homeware, we’re here to make sure your shopping is fun and trouble-free.
“Hailsham is a very special place and Christmas is a very special time. That is probably the main reason why our Christmas Market is increasingly popular and just grows every year.
“I’d like to thank each and everyone involved in the organisation of the event including town council officers who do so much and special thanks must be extended to Tesco and Poundland, who very kindly donated a large amount of presents for Santa to give out to children this Saturday.”
The Christmas Market will include more than 50 stalls selling Christmas gifts and decorations as well as festive refreshments including mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and a mouth-watering hog roast.
Santa and his Sleigh – provided by Hailsham Rotary Club – will be handing out free presents to children, kindly donated by Tesco and Poundland.
There will be additional activities for children aged two-eight in the Quintins Shopping Centre throughout the day including tinsel pull, pin-the-nose-on-Rudolph and pull-the-feather-out-of-the-turkey.
Christmas music will be playing on a PA system, courtesy of Hailsham Festival FM, and Hailsham Parish Church will be hosting its Open Church from 10am to 2pm at which free coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be served.
Cllr Chriss Triandafyllou, vice-chairman of the communities committee, said, “We’re proud to be hosting a very local market, with the majority of our stallholders being businesses from Hailsham and the surrounding area. Our traders play a large part in the success of the Christmas Market and help to make them so special, with each one carefully selected to give you the best shopping offer possible.”
“I’m confident that people visiting the market stalls will absorb the traditional festive atmosphere and I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and take advantage of what the market and the Hailsham traders have to offer.”
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