DAVE GOODERHAM: Perfect way to start the festivities

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Is it possible to have too much of a good thing when it comes to Christmas? In the example of Black Friday, Cyber Monday or whatever crazy fad infiltrates our high street shops and the internet, then the answer is a resounding yes.

Stories of fights and police called in supermarkets and website queues into the wee small hours of the night - not everything we take from America is a good thing.

But the question also has to be asked much closer to our region, namely the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre.

I don’t want this column to be a ‘Bah Humbug’ or some form of festive-bashing.

I love Christmas, I sing in a choir (well try to) and will buy all manner of festive accessories and decorations to turn our home into a grotto.

Indeed, reciting ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ is a personal highlight in the Gooderham household.

But you can’t get away from the understandable - and predictable - grumblings in the aftermath of our town’s big four-day fayre.

Many chose to stay away from Bury, town centre residents complained about streets being closed and traffic chaos.

Many pointed to the queueing in the car park and the queueing in the historic streets.

There was lots of grumbling.

It is undeniable that the Christmas fayre has become a victim of its own success - you only have to look at the sheer weight of numbers, an estimated 100,000-plus.

Another matter is the chain of buses coming from all around the country to visit our town.

But there’s the point.

They are coming to Bury, not Norwich, not Cambridge, but to our corner of West Suffolk.

They are bringing with them money, time, enthusiasm and interest.

The fayre is a license to print money for our local economy - a significant six-figure sum.

I understand anyone’s reasoning for staying away, but so many don’t.

The positives far outweigh the negatives and everyone involved in the fayre should be hugely congratulated.

They will now go away, hopefully have a merry Christmas, and then start planning next year and looking at any lessons to be learned.

I wish them well.

For me, the Christmas Fayre is the perfect way to start the festive season.