ALFORD put the disappointment of having to cancel last year’s Christmas festival firmly behind it when the event returned with gusto at the weekend.
Last year’s heavy early winter snowfall put paid to the festival.
But with the white stuff nowhere to be seen this time around, the festivities went ahead as planned.
Events started at 10am with activities in the Corn Exchange for pre-school children followed by a barn dance at 1pm.
A display of ballroom dancing in the Corn Exchange entertained those who came in for a warming drink in the evening.
From 4pm the Market Square came alive with a variety of charity and craft stalls and the ever popular burger and hotdogs stall.
The crowds were entertained by the Earthbound Misfits ,who thrilled the spectators with their juggling and stilt walking.
Father Christmas parked his caravan in the Market Place and handed out free presents to all the children before switching on the lights of the main tree.
The evening was finished by a wonderful concert in the Corn Exchange. with performances from Queen Elizabeth Grammar, Alford Primary School and Alford Community Church.
“Thanks go to the schools and the many volunteers who put such an effort into staging this event,” said a spokesperson for Alford Town Council.
“Thanks also to all the businesses in the town who donated so generously to help Santa with his presents,” they added.