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Sunday, 05 July 2015

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Keswick Christmas market pulls in the crowds

Business was booming in Keswick yesterday as shoppers put aside all thoughts of floods to hold a festive market.

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Audrey Askew from Carlisle and North Lakes Hospice at Home

The 21st Traditional Christmas Market was held in Keswick on Sunday, and saw hundreds of people enjoying stalls, street entertainment, music as the town looked to shake off the effect of last month’s floods, which left homes and businesses devastated.

Graham Simons, chairman of this year’s festival, said: “After the floods we felt more than ever that the festival should take place.

“It’s a nice day that raises money for charity, while giving you a nice feeling and getting people into the Christmas spirit.

“Some of it has been a little harder to put together than usual because of the floods, and we have lost a couple of bits and pieces. One of the main problems has been for businesses. Trade seems to be 50 to 70 per cent down on this time of year and a lot of that is because tourism has taken a knock, so this is important to bring people to the town.”

The main events at the fair were taking place around Keswick’s historic Moot Hall, but stalls and entertainers were spread across the town to try to help businesses throughout Keswick.

And despite a fall in numbers on previous events brought about by fresh spells of rain during the weekend, the town remained busy throughout the day.

The event was previously known as the Keswick Victorian Festival, but changed its name to allow more contemporary entertainment to become involved.



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