Festive spirit boosts charity market event

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A CHRISTMAS charity market held in Bury St Edmunds was hailed a success by its organisers.

Late night shoppers packed the town centre on Thursday evening for the annual market, which was been running for more than 20 years.

About 40 stalls took part, providing charities with a chance not only to boost their coffers but to also show the work of their volunteers.

Paul Haynes, interim chairman of the Bid4Bury group which organised the market, said: “It went very well. We had more than 40 charity stalls and shoppers seemed to be out in force. We were delighted with the number that took part.

“In the current economic climate it was a great opportunity for those charities to show what they are about. “Everybody is talking about David Cameron’s big society and about looking for volunteers but this market allowed the charities to show all the good work already done by their volunteers.”

Shoppers had a chance to sip a mulled wine to warm up before showing their support for their favourite charities. Among the stalls was East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Bury Citizens Advice Bureau.