This year’s Christmas Fayre could be more special for residents

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Residents may be able to celebrate the tenth Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre with a special event of their own this year.

The nationally renowned event takes place over three days on the last weekend in November but a suggestion has been made to extend it by half a day this year for a special residents’ evening.

Cllr Robert Everitt, St Edmundsbury Borough Council cabinet member for Bury, said: “The idea is to open the fayre for a special evening for residents at 4pm on November 28, before the crowds of visitors arrive.

“We would look to involve local schools, community groups and charities, and ask stall holders to consider special offers.”

Last year’s fayre saw 300 stalls using eight different venues throughout town.

The proposal is that adding an extra half day could help spread the build-up of crowds and is supported in principle by Bid4Bury and the arc management.

Sharon Fairweather, Christmas Fayre organiser, said: “The evening wouldn’t cost any more. Many of the hire charges for the fayre are for a week and we could recoup other costs from stall charges.

“However, we do need to talk to local businesses and residents about the impact of closing half the Angel Hill car park from 10am and then the road from 6pm on Wednesday November 27.“

Community groups will be consulted before a final decision is made.