Christmas got off to a fantastic start in Bourne on Saturday with a festive street market and the switching on of the lights.
Hundreds of visitors packed North Street, the Market Place and Bourne Corn Exchange to browse stalls and tuck into festive food. There was a small funfair for youngsters and the chance to meet Santa Claus in his grotto.
A stage was set up outside Bourne Town Hall where the sounds of young carol singers from the town’s primary schools filled the air and The Salvation Army brass band performed. A particular highlight was a live nativity near the stage and a BRM car near Fovia.
Santa Claus and the mayor and his wife David and Angela Higgs joined the youngsters on stage to lead the countdown before the lights were turned on to huge cheers from the crowd.
Many of the shops stayed open late to make the most of the hundreds of people who visited the town.
Gordon Cochran, of Gordon’s Photographic, was one of the traders, who helped organise the event.
He said: “It was really busy especially around the stage. There was probably over 1,000 people there during the day and I think it went really well. It got everyone into the Christmas spirit and people said they enjoyed it.
“The Corn Exchange was full of craft stalls and that seemed to be very good and there was also craft stalls in Wake House.
“Santa Claus was also very popular in his grotto and lots of children were going to see him. It’s hard work to organise it but it makes it all worthwhile when you see the little ones with Santa.”
Mr Cochran added that he hoped traders had been given a boost by the event.
He thanked everyone who supported the event, and in particular Cathy Powell, Paul Fellows, Philip Knowles and Jenny Allan from Sainsbury’s. He is now hoping to run a summer street party in Bourne.