Gallery: Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre - thought to be the busiest yet - draws to a close

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre. Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre.

Monday, December 2, 2013
11:14 AM

This year’s Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre is expected to have been the busiest yet.

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Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre. Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre.

The major event, which ran from Thursday evening to yesterday, is thought to have brought in more than 100,000 people, significantly boosting the local economy.

To mark the tenth year of the hugely popular fair, it began a day earlier than normal with evening entertainment for the community.

Spread out over different locations around the town centre, stalls offered tantalising treats, from cheese, sauces and Italian cakes, and a wealth of potential Christmas presents.

The town’s Christmas lights and festive music from the Greene King stage at Angel Hill and the Music Sales stage at Charter Square added to the seasonal ambience.

As dusk fell on the fair the Abbey Gardens became a magical setting, where children were entertained with activities including a magic show and Santa’s post office.

Fair organiser Sharon Fairweather, who is pleased with the success of the year’s event, said: “There’s been more people through the Apex and Athenaeum than ever before, and we use that as a guide line, and we have had more coaches than ever before. We have had well over 200 coaches in total.”

She added food and drink retailers in particular were reporting they had taken more than in previous years.

2 comments

  • A wonderful weekend - even though nightmare parking for those of us living in the Town Centre but a price worth paying. What really pleased me was seeing all our great independent restaurants and cafes all doing great business. Well done organisers!

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    Saxham

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • Just like Ipswich! NOT!!! Congratulations to all those involved in the organisation of this superb weekend. Just a pity that the idiots at Greater Anglia decided to continue to use trains consisting of only two units on the Cambridge route which serves Bury despite the increased demand which meant that on our return journey we were treated like cattle! PERHAPS SOMEONE SHOULD REMIND THEM THAT TWO YEARS AGO WE WERE PROMISED THAT THE TRAINS ON THIS SERVICE WOULD CONSIST OF A MINIMUM OF THREE UNITS! MORE LIES!

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    planeman

    Monday, December 2, 2013

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