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Coleshillians flock to Christmas Market!
Thanks to a hugely supportive general public, Coleshill Christmas Market was a fabulous success! An 80 year old resident Mr Bernard Atkins said ‘I have lived in Coleshill all my life and I have never seen the Town Hall so full!’
Traders could not have wished for more as hundreds of people showed their support for the Love Coleshill Campaign to keep the high street alive by attending the new event. The Town Mayor Norrie Henderson opened the market and was pleased to see so many people waiting to do their Christmas Shopping. As they passed through the entrance to the town hall the Vicar Reverend Nick Parker and the choir from Coleshill Parish Church sang carols.
The Hall was beautifully decorated with Christmas lights and the fabulous new lilac market stands were a real hit with traders and their customers. ‘It was really professional’ one visitor said. Every high street trader had made an effort to put Coleshill on the map by selling their wares but one in particular, Sweet Things Traditional Sweet Shop had a large array of specially made Coleshill gifts and goodies such as Coleshill Sweet tins and sticks of Coleshill rock, I love Coleshill chocolate bars, calendars etc all promoting the Warwickshire Market Town.
Children enjoyed a visit to Santa and decorated cookies and cakes while lots of people tried their luck on the bottle tombola, kindly provided by Father Hudson’s Society. There was mulled wine, mince pies, refreshments and a raffle. Every stall holder provided a prize for the raffle, which was swelled by generous contributions from local businesses such as the Swan Hotel, the Coleshill Hotel, The Lodge Veterinary Services, Lloyds Bank and many more.
Penny Johnson, florist on the High street and a driving force behind the Love Coleshill Campaign said ‘it was heart warming to see the townsfolk of Coleshill enjoying a new shopping experience. We wanted to make it different so we had the stands made, and we hope that people will remember this and continue to favour Coleshill with their business. We were so encouraged that we have already booked the Town Hall for next year on the last Sunday in November. We have lost too many shops on the high street, and with the threat of a Supermarket in our midst we need to do everything we can to ensure people shop locally! So many people have told us how they feel that the campaign is a great idea and in a just a short time we have touched a nerve. The Love Coleshill Campaign has already gained a large following and we want to capitalise on this by organising events that everybody can enjoy and we have ideas such as a fun run, a carnival, a bake off etc. We are planning a shop window competition for Valentines week and we want the public to vote for their favourites. If you have any suggestions please visit our web site and let us know your ideas at www.lovecoleshill.co.uk.
One of the highlights of the evening was the announcement of the winner of the Love Coleshill Design a Logo Competition – Anya Devaney from St Edwards School. Her design, together with the runners up Katie Feeney, Hannah Morgan, Kiera Nally, Casey Rice, Brooke Davey and Sheldon Taylor were on display for all to see as they arrived in the foyer. They were all rewarded with a prize from the competition Sponsor Commbus (www.commbus.com) who are a local firm specialising in the supply of bespoke buses, coaches and trailers for road shows and exhibitions, and they also have a fleet of coaches for hire. They are intent on helping in any way they can with the Love Coleshill Campaign. Clare Macleod of Commbus said ‘we offered to sponsor the competition and help with the set up of the market, including providing all the lights and PA system. The town hall looked so festive that the mayor Norrie asked us to leave up the lights! We are 100% behind this campaign and will do everything we can to see it succeed.’
The traders of Coleshill would like to thank everyone for their continued support.