Heritage Centre Christmas market review
The Knutsford Heritage Centre welcomed a royal visitor on Thursday 26th November at 10.30am when our charming May Queen, Katie Smith, graced the centre with her presence together with not one but two gentlemen dressed in red, with black boots and with white beards – yes, two Fathers Christmas – no, I don’t know how that happened but they provided double the escort for Katie as she made a short speech, cut the red ribbon and declared the Christmas Market open. Melodic tones from the wonderful WAKS Lyrical choir (courtesy Cantata) floated down from on high spreading seasonal joy to all the visitors as they rushed to be the first customers at the various inviting stalls on display in the Tapestry Gallery.
Foodies were well catered for as Wendy, from the indoor market, had her very tempting display of carbs – fresh loaves, rolls, pasties..mmm… all irresistible and went very well with the next door Delamere Dairy (and a very quiet Jack the goat an escapee from Yew Tree Farm) with their very moreish goats cheeses..mmm.. Add a glass of local Cheshire apple juice..mmm.. from Eddisbury Farm, a few delicious chocolates from Simply Cocoa..mmm.. and some traditional sweeties from Mr Simms Sweet Shoppe and there you have it – lunch..mmm!
Phoenix Cards were displaying their usual good quality stationery, cards, wrapping paper, Usborne Books with imaginative and instructive children’s books and games, Adrienne Howell returned with her stylish and pretty accessories, Flutter Designs, a new local company, 2 ladies creating very on-trend children’s cute clothes using liberty prints especially for brooches and clip-on hair decoration. Hannah Photography showed a refreshing look at parts of Knutsford that others don’t normally reach and other local tourist spots on postcards. Hilary Brown was on hand with her charity, the Excema Society, gifts and cards. A wind-up penguin torch anyone?
Jenny Saint masterninded the whole event with a little help from her friends and volunteers at the Centre. Only in it’s second year but Jenny said the market was a huge succes with stallholders increasing their takings on last year and already booking for 2010. The Centre is always grateful for vital local support and hopes this will continue. If you are a small local business involved in food or crafts of good quality then please call 01565-650506 (Tues-Sat 11am – 4pm) and ask to speak to Jenny Saint.