Streets fill with festive cheer for a Dickensian celebration

Alfriston Dickensian Evening. November 23rd 2013 E48041P
Alfriston Dickensian Evening. November 23rd 2013 E48041P

People of all ages were treated to a festive feast and merry music as the Father Christmas ‘Grand Procession’ took to Alfriston at the annual Dickensian Evening last weekend.

The event kicked off at 2pm, with Santa entertaining children in his grotto while Morris Dancers performed on the streets outside.

Roads were closed to allow the Hailsham Bonfire Boys and Belles to lead the procession – a parade that featured horse-drawn carriages, cast from local amateur pantomime Aladdin and culminated in the Christmas lights switch-on around the village.

An eclectic mix of music filled the air during the evening, with performances from the Eastbourne Scottish Pipe Band, the Salvation Army Band, the Expedient Jazz band and carols sang by the children at Alfriston School.

Hundreds of people donned Dickensian-themed clothes to get into the spirit of the event, which has been running for more than 25 years.

The high street shops stayed open late, allowing an evening of winter shopping in time for Christmas, and the streets were lined with stalls selling traditional foods, including roast chestnuts and hog roast, and mulled wine.