In high spirits

PUBLISHED: 14:53 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 31 May 2010

Stiltwalkers entertain the crowds

Stiltwalkers entertain the crowds

BARGAIN hunters bought Christmas presents and were entertained when they flocked to the Saffron Walden Initiative s Late Night Shopping event in the town centre on Friday night. More than 40 stallholders and 50 shops took part in the event, which Initiati

BARGAIN hunters bought Christmas presents and were entertained when they flocked to the Saffron Walden Initiative's Late Night Shopping event in the town centre on Friday night.

More than 40 stallholders and 50 shops took part in the event, which Initiative chairman Peter Riding said was "hugely successful".

"This was the fourth year that the Initiative has run the Late Night Christmas Shopping event, and in my judgement it was the best yet.

"There was a good atmosphere and the 40 charity stalls reported excellent results. Market Place and King Street were crowded from 5.30pm to 8.30pm and around 50 shops stayed open late, which was fantastic."

Mr Riding said the vast array of entertainments, which included a visit from Santa Claus and stilt walkers, created a colourful backdrop to proceedings.

"Father Christmas and his sledge, with helpers from the Round Table, added to the festive atmosphere, as did the jugglers and stilt walkers from Cambridge Community Circus and the music provided by the Town Band, Saxpak and the Bedazzle performing arts school."

Many shops had a Hollywood theme, including Eaden Lilley and Weavers, where Helen Pitts and manageress Melody Carter dressed up as Holly and Wood.

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