Thousands of people flocked to a Suffolk market town for its annual Christmas fair.

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A traditional street market and live entertainment drew in crowds of more than 5,000 residents to the Stowmarket Christmas Fayre in the town’s Market Place, an organiser said.

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Children got the chance to meet Father Christmas while hundreds of people had their picture taken inside a giant snow globe for free as part of the festivities which ran from 10am-4pm on Saturday.

It followed a series of Christmas-themed activities to get people in the spirit for the holiday season, including the annual lights switch-on which attracted around 5,000 on November 29.

David Marsh, events manager at Stowmarket Town Council, said between 5,000 to 6,000 people descended upon the town.

“There was a great community feel throughout the day,” he said.

“We were really pleased with how it went and I think it was an important reminded of what a great and vibrant market we have in Stowmarket.”

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