The stormy weather during Friday evening and early on Saturday morning abated long enough for Crewkerne’s Christmas Market to go ahead. Although at one point it looked like the annual event in Market Square would be cancelled, organiser deputy town clerk Laura Gowers said: “Fortunately the wind and rain cleared and we were able to set up for the Christmas Market.”

A variety of stalls offered handmade crafts, gifts for loved ones and for pets, homemade jams and chutneys, tasty cheeses and locally produced honey and wine. Bacon butties, turkey burgers and mulled cider along with candyfloss from Oscars kept people’s spirits high, even when the weather threatened to put a damper on things before the market closed with a heavy downpour.

One of the most successful stalls of the day was manned by students from Maiden Beech Academy, who were selling handmade decorations and sweets in jars to raise money for Sight Savers and the RSPCA. Part of the Big Pitch in showing youngsters how to set up and run a business, the project is mentored by the Rotary Club of Crewkerne. All proceeds made by the schools who take part are donated to charity.

Laura Gowers said: “Last year’s Christmas Market was particularly successful and I was inundated with requests for pitches this year. The weather may have kept some shoppers away but there was a Christmassy buzz and lovely things on offer. It’s always a great place to do some last minute Christmas shopping and a big thank you to all our wonderful traders this year.”

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