Festive fair’s welcome move

After many years of holding Tupton’s Christmas fair and market outdoors on Tupton’s Green Lane, which involved closing the road, arranging traffic diversions, and being at the mercy of the December weather, it was decided that the fair and market this year would be held in and around the Village Hall.

The hall resounded with Christmas music and throbbed with enthusiastic visitors to over 20 stalls selling many varieties of seasonal produce and gifts. Outside the hall, there were fairground-style rides for the children, hot doughnuts were very popular, and in the Grotto, Santa and his helpers were kept very busy listening and responding to requests.

Shirebrook Miners Welfare Unison Band had again been asked to play two sessions during the afternoon, and played beautifully, adding to a cosy Christmas ambience. There were stirring solo performances from band members Glen Birks, who played cornet, and Jayne Jones on euphonium, and our sincere thanks go to all the band at this very busy period. In mid-afternoon, Tupton’s own very accomplished Local Vocals choir also sang several lovely Christmas songs, and were widely appreciated by everyone in the Hall.

The events committee’s teddy bear stall and tombola stand both sold out, and both stall-holders and shoppers appreciated being indoors as people lingered in the warmth, soaking up the atmosphere, enjoying the supply of roast pork sandwiches and hot drinks, and deliberating on the choice of gifts. Thanks have been expressed to Janet Lacey and her team for the supply of refreshments.

The Brownies and Cubs paraded their special Christmas lanterns around the immediate area, and gathered in the community garden for more carols and the lighting of the Christmas tree by the Carnival Queen. As the huge tree was lit up, other buildings around the garden simultaneously switched on their Christmas lights and fireworks set off nearby also emphasised the celebrations.