Friday, 17 September 2021

Hundreds join the festivities

ABOUT 650 people attended the fifth annual Benson Christmas street fair.

ABOUT 650 people attended the fifth annual Benson Christmas street fair.

High Street was lined with stalls selling gifts including jams, jewellery, cards and toys while the shops stayed open late.

Choirs from RAF Benson School and St Helen’s Church performed carols and children from Benson Primary School sang with their parents.

Father Christmas handed out sweets to children.

Benson Butchers had a barbecue and sold 800 burgers while the Crown pub sold hot soup and mulled wine. A tombola for Blue Cross raised about £100.

Organiser Pat Hatch, who dressed as Mother Christmas, said: “It went really well. There were people from Wallingford, Henley and Chalgrove as well as the village.”

Tents and tables were provided by RAF Benson and personnel from the base helped assemble and disassemble them. Parish clerk Pete Eldridge helped organise the road closure.

The fair proceeds will be used to make the village look more festive.

Mrs Hatch, of Westfield Close, Benson, said: “Hopefully, I will be able to provide artificial trees and Christmas lights for the shops which will make the village feel more Christmassy. It will be a legacy for years to come.”

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