Bury’s Christmas Fayre looks set to break records as visitors

Meeting Santa's reindeer at 'Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre. ANL-141130-223825009
Meeting Santa's reindeer at 'Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre. ANL-141130-223825009
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This year’s Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre looks set to be a record breaker.

The fayre started early this year with an evening debut on Thursday and ran through until Sunday evening.

Mark Westley Photography'Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre.'Angel Hill. ANL-141130-223926009

Mark Westley Photography'Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre.'Angel Hill. ANL-141130-223926009

A St Edmundsbury Borough Council spokeswoman said this morning: “We believe visitor numbers were up on last year, which we estimated at 110,000.”

Sharon Fairweather, the council’s market development officers and fayre organiser, said the first confirmed visitor figures through showed 41,000 people visited the Athenaeum alone over the four days, which was 6,000 up on last year.

They also had to find parking for 250 tour coaches.

She added: “Because the weather was fine and dry a lot of people came in during the evenings, which spread it out a bit more.”

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds business improvement district, said; “From my perspective it seemed very well organised and a tremendous advert for the town.”But the view of the town centre businesses tend to be quite varied.

“A lot of the independents are saying Saturday was their busiest day ever, but others, for example in Risbygate Street, said it was a very poor weekend.”

For a full report and lots of pictures, see Friday’s Bury Free Press.