Setting their stalls out for Christmas fun

May Queen of Denaby Chloe Moran, 13, helps Father Christmas to give out presents to children l-r Louie May, three, and Connie May, five. Picture: Liz Mockler S1332LM
May Queen of Denaby Chloe Moran, 13, helps Father Christmas to give out presents to children l-r Louie May, three, and Connie May, five. Picture: Liz Mockler S1332LM
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CHRISTMAS is coming - and two Doncaster area communities are getting into the festive spirit.

Mexborough is all set for the big Christmas lights switch on this Saturday while Denaby has already got its celebrations underway with a Christmas market which attracted scores of visitors.

Selling festive gifts at Denaby Christmas fair are l-r Katie Shaw, owner of Katie's Craft Corner, and sister Polly Shaw. Picture: Liz Mockler S1333LM

Selling festive gifts at Denaby Christmas fair are l-r Katie Shaw, owner of Katie's Craft Corner, and sister Polly Shaw. Picture: Liz Mockler S1333LM

The seasonal spectacular gets under way in Mexborough’s High Street with a parade from 6pm followed by the switch being flicked on at 6.30pm. Civic Mayor of Doncaster, Coun Christine Mills, has been given the task of turning on the illuminations this year and she will be joined by Father Christmas and his helpers as well as a host of cartoon characters, gathering in the Markets area for the ceremony.

Organisers Mexborough Community Partnership are hoping the event will be the biggest and best yet.

Coun Sue Phillips said: “A lot of work goes into organising the carnival each year but it is always worth the effort because everyone says what a great time they have had.
“We hope as many people as possible come to take a look at what’s on. I am sure it will be a great day.”

Prior to the switch on, there will be a whole host of attractions from 10am onwards including fairground rides, a tombola, stalls and carol singing. Youth group will be giving a street dance performance from noon.

Meanwhile, over in Denaby festivities kicked off with the annual traditional fayre - which brought a host of stalls and a visit from Santa himself. Shoppers flocked to the marketplace to check out the crafts and produce from a string of seasonally decorated stalls manned by stall holders in fancy dress.

There were also fairground rides, Caribbean food, hot dogs and candy floss for visitors to enjoy. Father Christmas arrived at the event with carnival queen Chloe Morgan on a horse drawn carriage.

Organiser Debbie Wood said: “It was a fantastic day with a great atmosphere and a good turnout despite the cold weather.”