Crowds enjoyed Christmas fair and switch on

New Hartley's Christmas lights switch on.
New Hartley's Christmas lights switch on.

Crowds gathered in New Hartley at the weekend for the annual Christmas fair and lights switch on.

Wet and windy winter weather failed to stop the residents of New Hartley from flocking to the village Winter Fair on Saturday, November 28.

From early on the Memorial Hall was busy with villagers buying gifts, cups of tea and mince pies.

The fair attracted many stall holders selling everything from sweets to books.

This year the lights had two new winning competition designs, a Christmas pudding and a Christmas tree designed by New Hartley First School pupils Lilah Hawkins and Jack Brown.

Runner up, William Howarth was highly commended for his design.

The switching on of the Christmas tree lights was accompanied by a short dedication service, given by the Rev David Bowler of St Michaels and All Angels, New Hartley.

The tree, supplied by Seaton Valley Council, stands on St Michael’s Avenue and has become a traditional Christmas gift to the village.