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Market makes it feel a lot more like Christmas

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SPICED apple drinks, crocheted turkey dinners and reindeer poop chocolate were just some of the items on sale at St Sampson’s Christmas market.

Most stalls for the German-style Christkindlmarkt were set up inside St Sampson’s Community Hall on Saturday, with a brave few taking a chance on the weather outside as visitors perused the stalls and enjoyed the provided entertainment.

Sophie Wallen, 8, said she was having a lot of fun.

‘It’s really good,’ she said. ‘We hadn’t realised but my cousin is performing ballet soon in the hall, so I’m looking forward to that.’

Tap dancers, including Miss Wallen’s cousin, from the dance school Music Box, performed for the market’s appreciative visitors.

Miss Wallen’s mum, Katie, said it now felt like Christmas was nearly here.

‘We wanted to come and see what was happening,’ she said.

‘There’s a lot going on and a lot of stalls, we’re getting into the festive spirit.’

Above: Musical entertainment was provided by the Guernsey Concert Brass Band. (26378541)

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Stalls at the market featured a number of items for sale that could be bought as gifts ready for Christmas, including soaps, locally made honey and baby clothes.

Stall holder Naomi Fry, owner of Fry’s Kitchen, had laid out a variety of sweet treats for sale, including reindeer poop chocolate, candied nuts and cupcakes. She said baking had taken up most of her previous day.

‘There’s a lot of preparation before I get here,’ she said.

‘I love baking and to be able to offer that here with all the fairy lights up is really lovely, I really enjoy it.

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‘There’s a lot of hustle and bustle, it’s a great turnout.’

Left: Photographer Mark Renouf was recalling the warmer days of summer with some of the work he was selling. (26378524)

Festive live music came courtesy of the Guernsey Concert Brass Band, Ashleigh de Jersey Moore and Adhoc Recorders.

Lisa Carpenter, who organised the market, said eight weeks of arranging the event had paid off.

‘It’s great for the community,’ she said.

Fleur McLagan 2 with her dad, Tom. (26378548)

‘We wanted it to be special and still have a Christmas feel, it’s gone down well and everyone looks like they have got into the festive spirit.’

Funds raised from the Christmas market will be split between St Sampson’s Church and Friends of Romania, with some of the charity’s members visiting the country later this month to help those in need.

Danielle Kenneally

By Danielle Kenneally
News reporter

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