Festive fun at annual Conisbrough Christmas Market

Conisbrough Christmas Market 2015. Pictured are Kim Clemitshaw, Mary Wood, Brenda Houlbrook, and Chaz Prouten.
Conisbrough Christmas Market 2015. Pictured are Kim Clemitshaw, Mary Wood, Brenda Houlbrook, and Chaz Prouten.

A Christmas market brought some festive cheer to a Dearne village at the weekend.

Hundreds of people braved the cold weather and turned out to hunt of a bargain at the annual Conisbrough Christmas Market on Saturday.

Conisbrough Christmas Market 2015. Pictured are Julia Walker and Paula MItchell.

Conisbrough Christmas Market 2015. Pictured are Julia Walker and Paula MItchell.

Church Street was closed off between 10am and 4pm as visitors enjoyed a range of market stalls selling paintings, handbags, clothing, slate products, books, baby clothes, toys, gift wrap and cards.

Those who attended also enjoyed hot and cold festive food, crafts and a Santa’s Grotto in the car park of St Peter’s Church.

There was also live music from A Shaw Thing, who wowed the crowds with a performance of their Christmas single ‘Christmas Shopping’ at 11am and 2pm.

Lead singer Dylan Shaw decided to put a band together with friends and family members earlier this year after coming up with the idea of recording a festive single.

Conisbrough Christmas Market 2015. Jenna Moran is pictured with her Santa milk bottles.

Conisbrough Christmas Market 2015. Jenna Moran is pictured with her Santa milk bottles.

The 40-year-old Mexborough man works in the day time as an engineer but has played in bands in his spare time throughout most of his life.

He said: “We actually recorded the single at a studio in Doncaster in August when it was red hot!

“The song went down really well when we played it on the day.

“We had quite a few people clapping and singing along which was nice to see.”

He added: “The weather was a bit windy so it wasn’t as busy as previous years but we still got a good turn out.

“It is great to see the community come together for events like this, especially at this time of year.”

Mr Shaw said the video for the single has been seen on Youtube more than 10, 000 times.

He added: ”It is amazing to see so many people have watched it and the majority seem to like it.

“Profits from the single will be put into local boxing clubs.”

The Alma pub also joined in the fun with a schedule of live music from when the market closed and into the night.

St Peter’s Church and Conisbrough Community Library also hosted their popular Christmas fairs to complement the main event.