A joyful and colourful parade headed by a town crier and children helped launch the 10th Christmas Fayre in Bury St Edmunds.
Thursday evening proved a chance for locals to enjoy a browse throughout the town’s seasonal stalls and displays with music playing on Angel Hill and in the arc.
The Denny Brothers Christmas Parade saw children with their home made stars parade from the arc into town and down Abbeygate Street to Angel Hill where the Fayre officially began.
Stalls selling crafts, gifts, tasty treats spread offered a shoppers delight on Angel Hill, down Hatter Street and in the Abbey Gardens which are also home to Santa in his grotto .
The atmospheric bustle and good spirits were added to by local schoolchildren performing on the stages as well as talented bands who entertained the crowds
Friday has seen larger crowds gather to enjoy the festive offerings.
Sandra Parsons, 66, of Bury, said: “We come every year, it’s brilliant. It’s the variety of stuff you can get something to eat, something to drink ,all sorts of nice Christmas things. Things you would not normally see.”
Jane Freston, 63, travels from Cambridge annually to enjoy the fayre.
She said: “It’s great, i think it gets better every year.”
For the first year a 1,000 space park and ride service is running from Saxham business park off the A14.
A spokesperson for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “We are really, really pleased with the up take we have had for the park and ride it’s been well used.”
The council has advised people to use the park and ride service.
The event runs today, tomorrow and Sunday and there is park and ride at Claas UK at Saxham and at Greene King, off Cullum Road, and park and walk at Olding Road and West Suffolk College
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