Seasonal goodies raise spirts at Grange Centre fair

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All the trimmings were there and more at the very successful Spirit of Christmas event which took place at the Grange Centre.

Well over 1,000 visitors from across the area attended the event which kicked off the festive season in plenty of style.

Winter spirits were lifted by the smell of Christmas trees donated by the Cowdray Estate while staff at Kavanagh’s Budgens supplied visitors with welcoming cups of mulled wine get everyone in the mood for Christmas.

Father Christmas took time out of his busy schedule to attend the event, thanks to help from the Midhurst Lions Club.

There was a total of 65 stalls there each day which were filled to bursting with a wide range of tempting, exotic, and original goods which included everything from leather handbags, handmade Christmas decorations and sparkling jewellery to hot air balloon rides and freshly baked artisan breads.

Visitors to the fair on Sunday were treated to a performance in Kavanagh’s Budgen’s foodhall by Midhurst Primary School’s group called Musical Mayhem while members of the public were able to sample a mouthwatering selection of goodies.

Grange Centre manager Mike Boyce said: “It really was a wonderful weekend, and the perfect way to launch into the Christmas season.

“We were able to host a huge range of independent retailers with their original gifts, decorations and local produce, something that you don’t get to see every day on the high street.”