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The Christmas Fair was the first time Leadenham Estate's stables were open to the public

Christmas came early to Leadenham over the weekend in a first for the village.

The first Leadenham Christmas Fair was held on Sunday at Leadenham House Stables.

It was attended by hundreds of people, and their dogs, getting into the festive spirit.

There were dozens of stalls held by local businesses and craftsmen, as well as mulled wine provided by Leadenham Teahouse, live music throughout the day by various local folk singers and a log fire burning for guests to cosy up to with a hot drink.

The event was organised of Mr William Reeve, of Leadenham Estate, who joined forces with Katie Gibson and Kirsty Kershaw, owners of Leadenham Teahouse, and Tom Lane, one of the organisers of Leadenham Folk Festival.

It was the first time the stables at Leadenham House, built for General John Reeve in 1825, were open to the public and Mr Reeve said the feedback was so good, it was decided to make the event an annual one.

It is expected to be held on the last Sunday of November every year.

Mr Reeve said: “We are all very happy with how the event went.

“We were very lucky with the weather too. The day before it didn’t sound too promising but it was fine in the end, thankfully.”

Mr Reeve has extended his thanks to Katie, Kirsty and Tom for all their hard work and input.

He added: “We would also like to say the biggest thank you to the stallholders who were brilliant ­— everyone was so positive about it.”

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