Victorian festival hope for town centre at Christmas

The Dickensian Christmas Festival in Grassington
The Dickensian Christmas Festival in Grassington
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A Victorian festival weekend could be held in St Annes to attract festive shoppers.

The town’s Chamber of Trade has given its backing to a plan by coffee shop proprietor Heather Cross to stage an event in the town centre which would see shopkeepers dressed in period costume and with historic features in their premises.

Heather, who runs the Vanilla Artisan Bakery in Park Road, says she has canvassed town centre traders and that 30 have expressed an interest in taking part.

The event, which she hopes can take place in the first weekend of December, following the town’s Christmas light’s switch-on on November 29, would be inspired by the Dickensian Festival in Grassington, North Yorkshire, which has been attracting shoppers for more then 30 years.

Heather said: “After the Christmas lights are switched on in the last weekend of November, it is important that we keep the momentum going in terms of attracting people to town and this would be a great way to do it.

“A wide variety of traders are keen to take part and I hope it can happen.”

Chamber of Trade chairman John Moxham: “It is a good idea. It would add plenty of festive colour and character to shops and forecourts and is the kind of thing which can hopefully grow in future years.”

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Heather on 07931 974902.