Festive fun in Alford

Alford is all set for its annual Christmas Market festivities this Friday, December 7.

The Alford Events committee supported by Alford Town Council will run the event from 4pm.

Santa will be in his grotto at the Corn Exchange from 4pm to 6.30pm and will be handing out gifts to local children. The gifts have been bought from donations made by local businesses which means there is no charge to parents. While waiting to see Santa children can make christmas decorations and crackers.

Outside in the Market Place there will be a variety of stalls, entertainment will be supplied by the Earthbound Misfits and there will be carol singing by St Wilfrid’s Church Choir at 6pm followed by singing by Alford Primary School and the switching on of the lights.

The evening ends with a concert in the Corn Exchange featuring the combined John Spendluffe Technology College and Alford Primary School Samba Band plus individual and choir performances from all three Alford schools and a chance for audience participation at the end.

A Christmas extravaganza will also be taking place at Alford Manor House from 4pm to 8pm, there will be raffles and stalls from local charities, craftspeople and voluntary organisations.

Father Christmas will be in his grotto to meet the children and there will be music from local school choirs, musicians and the Alford Silver band. There will be food, mulled wine, mince pies and much more available.

The results of the children’s picture competition will be announced and there will also be a children’s Christmas prize trail around the house.

The manor house will again be decorated with 30 Christmas trees; with the purchase of the trees sponsored by local businesses.

The trees have been decorated by local voluntary organisations, schools, pre-schools and charities and will be on display throughout the Christmas period. The house is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm, until December 14.