Thousands enjoy the atmosphere at Oakham late-night shopping

Oakham late night shopping and Christmas market.  Sally Holmes and her daughter Jo Cole selling Christmas spruce wreaths.'Photo: MSMP091213-028ow
Oakham late night shopping and Christmas market. Sally Holmes and her daughter Jo Cole selling Christmas spruce wreaths.'Photo: MSMP091213-028ow
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Shoppers were out in force to soak up the festive atmosphere and pick up some presents at Oakham’s late-night shopping event.

Organisers believe thousands of people flocked to the town centre on Monday evening to browse the shops and stalls and enjoy the entertainment on offer.

Stamford Artisans set up stalls in Oakham Castle and Victoria Hall was packed out with traders selling a full range of Christmas treats.

Chairman of Oakham Town Partnership, Alf Dewis, was thrilled with the event’s success.

He said: “The evening was a great success and at least on a par with last year, if not better.”

Shops were open until 9pm and there was street entertainment from stilt walkers and fire eaters. Live music was provided by Fidgety Feet and carol singers from Brooke Hill Academy and Langham Primary School pupils.

There were also cookery demonstrations, sampling of Tesco’s festive products and Santa arriving on a fire engine.

Mr Dewis said: “The main focus of the evening this year was in Market Place which was busy right through to 9pm. There was a great festive spirit with lots of young children enjoying themselves.

“The traders all said the event went well and there was a good jolly atmosphere.”

The event included the culmination of the Christmas Shopping Trail. Shoppers were encouraged to visit as many independent shops in the town as possible to get a passport stamped to be in with the chance of winning shopping vouchers.