Crowds flock to town fair
Stilt walkers, Santa and a jazz band were just some of the entertainers at Bingham’s annual Christmas fair on Friday — setting the scene in the town for the festive season.
The smell of different foods including venison and lamb burgers, and the sound of many different children’s fairground rides filled the Market Place along with more than 40 stalls.
Various Bingham clubs and charities had stalls with raffles, tombolas and competitions and many children could dance with the stiltwalkers and life-size teddy bears near the Buttercross.
Children also went to see a puppet show in the church and Santa in Eaton Place.
Fairground rides including hook-a-duck, spinning tea cups and a mini Ferris wheel attracted many children and parents.
Mrs Claire Pegg, the deputy town clerk and the main organiser of the fair, said it was busy throughout the night.
She estimated hundreds of people were there, if not thousands.
She said: “It was great, very busy, and I have got brilliant feedback so far.
“It was very well attended and the weather was ideal. We will aim to make it even better next year.”
Some stalls had a serious message to deliver as well as Christmas spirit.
Bingham’s retained fire crew were giving out leaflets and advice to people about how to prevent a fire over the Christmas period and also gave children the chance to look around a fire engine.
The watch manager of Bingham Fire station, Mr Karl Taylor, said: “We are part of the community and it is nice to speak to everyone. The children like to have a look around the fire engine.”
Bingham Rotary club gave demonstrations of a water purifier as well as selling memorabilia and recruiting new members.
The 1st Bingham Scout group sold homemade toffee apples and hot roasted chestnuts on their stalls.
Mr John Green, the group Scout leader, said that although their stall did not make as much money as last year, they all enjoyed the night.
He said: “There were lots of people there, it felt like a good atmosphere. We were just a bit unfortunate that not that many people bought toffee apples or hot chestnuts.”
Mr and Mrs Colin Conduit of Ashdown Grove, Bingham, took their two children, Sophie (6) and Christopher (3) to the event.
Mrs Nicola Conduit said: “It is lovely. We have come down for the kids because they get so excited about Christmas.
“We have also come down to support something local, which we have done for the last few years.”
Mr Conduit said that it looked busier and there seemed to be more stalls than the last couple of years. Both children went to see Santa.
A member of Bingham Rugby Club, Joe Cox (20) of Nottingham, was impressed with the fair and had travelled to it to support the rugby club.
He said: “It’s really nice and very Christmassy. There seems to be more people than at the summer fair.”
Mr and Mrs Bob Bradley travelled from Kidderminster to take their grandson Benjamin Bradley (4) of Northfield Avenue, Radcliffe, to the fair.
It was the first time they had been and said they were surprised by how many stalls there were.
Mrs Josephine Bradley said: “Benjamin has had a lovely time, I think it’s lovely for the local community.”