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Weather Fails to Dampen Christmas Spirit

Despite warnings of a washout, the annual Rotary Christmas Market proceeded as planned, with over 50 stallholders setting up in Station Road in Swanage. 

Although windy, the day remained relatively dry for most of the time and the event was well supported as ever by the local community. As well as the multitude of different stalls selling everything from jam and chutneys to clothes, ornaments and jewellery, there were food outlets selling mulled wine, spiced cider, hot dogs and beef burgers. 

The event was as ever visited by Santa in his grotto, with a healthy queue forming to see him, and entertainment was provided throughout the day on the main stage at Mermond Place. 

Take a look at some of the highlights of the day below :

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Christmas Market Brings Out the Crowds

Last Saturday (9th December) saw the annual Christmas Market take over Station Road in Swanage.

Over 50 stalls selling everything from festive clothing to mince pies set up early in the morning to entice members of the public to part with their hard earned cash.

The weather was almost perfect – cold but clear and sunny with virtually no wind – meaning large crowds soon began to fill the market right from opening time at 10am.

In addition to the stalls, there were rides for the children, Santa’s grotto, the famous Swanage Rotary Santa’s Sleigh and a stage at which a variety of choirs and singers performed during the day.

A number of outlets selling burgers, bacon rolls, sausages and other hot food ensured that those intent on having a full day’s retail therapy would not go hungry.

Stallholders reported brisk business and a good trading day and significant funds will have been raised for Rotary’s local charities from the proceeds of the event.