SANTA has delivered early for charities, raising £2,820 from the successful Tameside Christmas Market.
The money raised from Santa’s Grotto over three weekends between November 24 and December 10 will go to local good causes.
Adverse weather failed to dampen enthusiasm with the Market Hall seeing footfall increase as crowds flocked to enjoy festive cheer. There was an average increase in visitors of around twelve per cent across the three weekends.
Shoppers also visited more than twenty traditional cabin stalls selling handmade crafts and gifts as well as delicious festive food and drinks.
Residents took to twitter to praise the entertainment and share their festive photos. Busy mum Jo Stuart said she’d enjoyed some brilliant weekends at the event with her children enjoying rides in the snow, while Mossley resident Andy Martin said a great afternoon was had by all.
Inspire Academy Ashton’s choir were involved in the official opening with teachers saying the children will cherish the experience forever.
They added: “We had the most amazing time, the children have worked so hard in perfecting their performance and they came away so very proud of themselves, which meant the world to the teaching staff of the school.”
Among those enjoying a trip to Santa’s Grotto were pupils from Audenshaw’s Hawthorns Community School who loved the experience.
The event featured a host of festive treats including free rides on a ferris wheel, helter skelter and carousel, children’s entertainers, facepainting, gingerbread decorating, brass bands, dancers and more.
There was also free Storytime with Santa, a free children’s crafts workshop, free donkey rides and a chance to warm up from the cold with a heated marquee featuring music, singing and dance performances.
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