THE air was filled with the sounds of carol singers and fairground music, while the aroma of freshly-cooked food wafted through the streets for the Midhurst Town Council annual street party.
Traders and charities were out in force.
“This is more about having fun for the children than anything else,” said Chris Wigley of the Midhurst and Petworth Rotary Club.
The club was in market square raising funds for the charities it helps.
Becky from charity Dreams Come True hailed the evening a ‘fantastic success’ and said: “We are available to talk to people about what we do and our upcoming projects.”
Sisters Annabel, Ursula and Caroline were selling their wares in the Christmas market held in the Spread Eagle.
The sisters’ Midhurst-based business, 3 on the Shelf, specialises in handmade, organically-sourced fair trade clothes and accessories.
Town crier John Backshall was at the centre of the entertainments.
In Knockhundred Row, Steve Sharpe had opened his gallery for the evening to showcase daughter Gemma Sharpe’s beauty business.
“It gives me an excuse to stand here in the warm, listen to all the music and drink a beer!”
“Gemma is working at a wedding, and her mum is manning her stall. Our family is taking over Midhurst!”
And in North Street, young entrepreneurs from Midhurst Rother College were promoting their newly-established business, with their ‘Swag Bags’.
The A-level group, under the watchful eye of managing director Zach Davies, 16, were selling the bags which customers could fill with an assortment of products.
Meanwhile, the winners of Midhurst Town Council’s annual Christmas Shop Window Competition have been announced.
Cllr Glyn Upjohn, chairman of community care committee, said: “The judges were delighted to see so many beautifully decorated windows and would like to thank shopkeepers for their hard work to make our town look so welcoming and festive.”
Prize winners are Seventh Heaven for an original, amusing display, Global Flowers for three Christmas themed windows and the Upholster for a stylish window with the added interest of a cracker joke that changes daily.
Also highly commended and winning prizes are Cancer Research, The Tuck Shop and Something Different.
Judges also gave special mention to Pandora, whose display is quirky and different, and The Note Book, whose festive display creates a wonderful welcome to the town.