Visitors to Bawtry took a step back in time on Friday as the town celebrated the start of Christmas with a Dickensian themed event.
Dancing, fun fair rides and, of course, a visit by Santa ensured that The Courtyard-based event, organised by Bawtry Retail Association, was enjoyed by the estimated two thousand people who attended.
Children were enthralled not only with Father Christmas but also an appearance from Elsa from the smash hit movie Frozen.
To make the evening even more enjoyable, visitors benefited from a free park and ride on a Red Vintage Bus courtesy of Wilfreda Beehive from Hudson’s Yard to Pangea on the High Street.
Spokesman Emma Gosling said: “It was an absolutely fantastic evening and everyone had an amazing time.
“The unveiling of the Womacks ‘Live’ Christmas Window was a major highlight with the pipers.
“There was a really wonderful atmosphere, lots of market stall holders dressed up in Dickensian costume to go with the theme of the event.
“The kids loved the fun fair rides, the dancers from Reach for the Stars School of Dance, a visit from Father Christmas courtesy of Tickhill Lions and of course Polar Bear Santa and Meerkat Santa. There was lots of festive cheer.”
Steve Womack, landlord of The Turnpike, was the compere for the evening and co-ordinated the live music, including a performance by Harworth Brass Band.
“Bawtry Retail Association is all about working together to maintain and build on Bawtry’s reputation as a great place to live, work, visit and do business,” said Rebecca Dickenson, chairman of Bawtry Retail Association.
“This type of event shows the amazing community spirit that we have and we always look forward to welcoming existing residents and visitors to give them a really magical start to Christmas 2014.”
Bawtry Retail Association members meet bi-monthly at The Crown Hotel in Bawtry.
Further details regarding membership can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.