Pictures: 'Excellent' day at Great Dunmow's Dickensian Christmas shopping event
PUBLISHED: 10:26 09 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:26 09 December 2014
Christmas shoppers descended on Great Dunmow's town centre to enjoy a day of Dickensian-themed fun.
Dickensian Christmas Shopping Day
Choirs performed throughout the day.
Santa's little helpers Zara Morgan, seven, Amber O'Brien, four, Elisha Bratley, 11, and Aaron Cox, 13.
Joshua and Samuel Dowle, one, met Father Christmas for the first time with their mum Kelly.
Tania Mizzi selling her wreaths outside Pulfords of Dunmow.
Mayor Jonathan Cadwallader and mayoress Donna Cadwallader got into the Dickensian theme.
Pupils from Great Easton Primary School performed on the day.
Amy South with a log reindeer.
Olivia Bowyer picked out the first raffle ticket.
Raffle for Olivia Bowyer.
Ian Keart from Great Dunmow Country Market.
Ava, four, and Alex Prendergast, four, got into the festive spirit.
Lyla-Rose Stevens, three, enjoyed the rides.
Safiyyah Burhani, Adeen Anwar, Rebecca Hills and Amy Cook from Grove Cottage.
June Hearn, town crier Richard Harris, Karen Clarke and Kevin Parradine.
Dunmow's young farmers provided the hogroast.
Tracy Marshall at her Choccy Heaven stall.
Jack Kelly, 11, with his win from the day.
The festive event, now in its third year, saw the streets lined with charity stalls, performers and plenty of shops with their doors open for custom.
The day was a great opportunity for people to pick up some last minute gifts while children had the chance to go and tell Father Christmas what they were hoping for this year.
Organiser Jacky Rom said: “It was excellent. The weather was a bit iffy but apart from that we had lots of people. Some of the staff had their best day ever. It was a great atmosphere and Santa saw nearly 150 children.
She added: “We want to have a special day for the shop owners and the local charities. It was an opportunity for the community to get out and support each other.”