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Monday, December 2, 2013
This year’s Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre is expected to have been the busiest yet.
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.