SNOW failed to dampen spirits at the Christmas market and fair in Holmes Chapel.

Hundreds enjoyed the annual event on Sunday after volunteers were out from 7am clearing the roads and pavements.

Visitors were able to enjoy an array of festive stalls, village shops, pubs and eateries, plus live music and entertainment.

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Peter Whiers, chairman of Holmes Chapel Partnership, said: “This was possibly our toughest event yet with the snowy, wet weather conditions providing extra challenges for set up.

“It’s incredible we were able to pull it off when many other events in the area had to be cancelled.

“We are delighted that so many people came out to support local businesses and celebrate Christmas.

“Holmes Chapel is a wonderfully supportive community.

“We hope this year’s event gave all the businesses who participated a strong start to December.”

The village’s main road, The Square was closed to traffic so people could wander round stalls and shops.

A three-hour programme of performances by local schoolchildren, bands and dance groups kept crowds entertained.

Firefighters mounted an emergency vehicle display and first aid support.

Stallholders were selected from the local area.

Helen Ireland, who has been at the market for several years with her Body Shop business, said: “Thank you for a fantastic night.

“Once again, Holmes Chapel is by far the best Christmas fair that I have ever done.

“It's beyond excellent and thank you to all the volunteers who make this event happen.

“Here’s to next year, I can't wait!”

Steve Allott, owner of local dessert shop Holmes Sweet Home said: “It was such a lovely atmosphere despite the bitter cold, and we hope everyone had a fabulous time.

“A shout out to Holmes Chapel Partnership and all the budding volunteers that put this together. Great job!”

The not-for-profit event would not have been possible without generous sponsorship from Holmes Chapel Parish Council, Massey Feeds, Bayfields Opticians & Audiologists, Dutton Builders Merchants, Hurstwood Holdings, Joe Whites Fun Fairs, Sibelco, Laura Wilson School of Dance, Top Secret Furniture and The Villages Mag.

Holmes Chapel Partnership is continuing to bring festive cheer to the local area throughout December with sleigh runs which raise funds for local charities.

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