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SHAP Festivities At The Christ Church Christmas Market

Swindon once again showed its community credentials with a hugely successful Christmas Market at Christ Church on Saturday afternoon.

Dozens of charities were represented; handing out leaflets and sweets, selling cuddly toys, tombola and raffle tickets and nik nacs.

The event was once again organised by the Friends of Christ Church, ably led by Chair Chris Smith.

Chris said “It was lovely to see so many local people of all ages enjoying our traditional curtain raiser to the Christmas period. It’s very obvious that the charity sector in Swindon is alive and kicking. I must thank our wonderful volunteers who make the event possible as well as all those who set up their stalls and show the very best of the community in Swindon.”

The event was officially opened by Swindon Mayor, Cllr Barbara Parry. She said “It was an absolute pleasure to open the Christ Church Christmas Market and so wonderful to see so many of Swindon's volunteers come together under one roof and to be so well supported by the Swindon community doing some Christmas shopping. This Church is very special to me as it is where my Husband and I were married and where our children were christened. Thank you and congratulations to all involved in organising this very successful event.”

Father Christmas made a guest appearance and rumours circulated that he was associated in some way with Swindon Lions. When asked to comment all he would say was “Ho ho ho” and marched off to offer sweets to yet more children.

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