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PETWORTH captured the essence and spirit of the season with its hotly-anticipated Christmas lights switch-on.

Once more, the town exceeded expectations, delighting crowds with a variety of entertainment and window displays that came to life.

With fresh food, fairground rides, market stalls, Santa’s grotto, and raffles, in every nook and cranny there was something to keep people entertained.

This year the lights were switched on by Lord Egremont’s granddaughter, Esme.

Seaford College led a candlelit procession through the town, and the Star pub played host to Mary and Joseph’s stable.

Not only was the annual extravaganza a great opportunity for shoppers to pick up some gifts, it was also a great chance to for stallholders to promote what they do.

“This is my first Christmas in business, and my first fair, so it’s extra exciting,” said Tamzin Hall, of Fernhurst-based company Partylight.

Stephanie Davies of Funwall took to Lombard Street. “We sell and make stickers, canvases and wallpaper for children that they can colour in themselves.

“My lovely little girl, Minnie, nine, who is the face of our brand, has offered to help me on the stall all day.”

St Mary’s Church also got involved, with its fair and sweet emporium.

“Everyone works together, which is great,” said Judy Howard, one of the event’s organisers.

“We had a hugely-successful fundraising fair, a silent auction for artwork and a raffle. Everyone stuck around for some tea, coffee and mince pies.”

Speaking on the morning of the event, town councillor Tony Sneller said: “We will be expecting some 600-700 people passing through the town.

“We look forward to the light switch-on every year – everyone gets involved – traders, residents, families and even people just coming through the area.”

Also found in Lombard Street was Jamie Rose, also known as The Podgy Pieman.

Following on from his success at the Petworth food festival, he was back with his seasonal pie and sausage roll recipes, including feta, mint and pistachio; beef, chilli and chocolate and the day’s biggest seller, braised beef brisket, chilli and chocolate – inspired by a Hungry Guest dish.

 

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