The winter weather didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits at the Christmas Shopping Festival in Hyde last Saturday, (8th December 2018) However, as a result of the damp, somewhat chilly, windy conditions, participation was not as strong as envisaged, and organizers were forced to cancel certain aspects and re-plan the intended entertainment programme.
Nevertheless, the volunteer organizers’ which comprised Hyde Town Team, the management from The Clarendon Shopping Centre and officers representing Tameside Markets, who worked together to host this event, were determined the event was going on ‘rain or shine’ because rescheduling it would conflict with too many other Christmas events scheduled throughout the borough.
On the day, shoppers still experienced traditional Christmas stalls selling locally made crafts, handmade gifts, local produce and delicious seasonal food! There were also beers and mulled wine and a programme of live entertainment, fitness displays, dancing and children’s activities for the little ones!
Despite the weather, visitors and shoppers were entertained by choirs, soloists and dancers, who braved the wet conditions to sing and play to a crowd of 100+ who were out looking for bargains in Hyde’s indoor/outdoor market and the variety of High Street names and retail outlets housed within The Clarendon Shopping Centre.
Unfortunately, as the rain persisted, organizers were forced to cancel the last few performances.
The worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise Ward and local MP Jonathan Reynolds were on hand to open the proceedings and visited many of the stalls, met the entertainers and sampled the ‘prosseco’ before visiting Father Christmas in the indoor market’s themed Grotto.
Blood Bikes Manchester and Specsavers staff; assisted by Hyde United’s ROARY the TIGER were on hand pointing out the visibility problems that can be encountered whilst winter driving and the Hyde Town Team ran their popular Tombola as well as a Grand Raffle with great prizes, there was also a ‘Guess the Price’ competition, where one lucky winner collected a child’s electric ride-in car.
Article courtesy of www.localcommunitymatters.com