Kimberley Christmas Markets had a record breaking year as the annual event came to town again.
The Market which is in its seventh year has drawn in more than 3000 visitors to the town.
Event organiser Nygel Stevenso the owner of Madhatters said: “It was absolutely fantastic, it was better than last year, all the people involved said how busy it was.”
The event which took place on November 24 saw James street closed to traffic as traders came out to the street and opened up shop on what might usually be their day off.
Nygel said: “my personal highlight was seeing the children coming out of Santas Grotto the magical look on their face was priceless”.
TheKimberley Christmass Market has now teamed up with Nuthall Christmas Lights and they hope to support the charities chosen by the Nuthall Christmas Lights in the future.
Nygel said: “I really hope the market brought in people that weren’t from Kimberley so they could see what our town has to offer and then they’ll hopefully come back”. Nygel said he is very pleased that all the traders in the Parish Hall have put down to come back for next years event as well as some of the on street traders.
Councillor Mel Crow, who helped to organise the event said: “It was a roaring success, it was really busy from well beofre it started at 10am up until it finished at 4pm.
The Mayor of Broxtowe Councillor Derek Burnett BEM officially opened the Market which saw Kimberley become grid locked at times due to the large number of people at the event.
Mel said: “It was really overwhelming seeing the sheer amount of people at the market and how everyone was getting into the Christmas spirit”.
She said: “The Mayor was very proud to open it anhe went round all the stall holders”.
The market offered a free Santa’s Grotto for the children which was the same Santa from the Nuthall Christmas lights.
Nygel said: “We wanted to offer the Santa’s Grotto for free because our background in Kimberley is in brewing and mining and the community doesn’t always have loads of money to spare so we wanted to put on an event where you didn’t have top pay any money to enjoy the day”.
The organisers are already starting to prepare for next years Christmas Market where they are looking into the posbility of pedestrainsing more of the town and increasing the number of stalls involved in the Market.
Councillor Crow said: “I think its really important that communities that are next to one another work together to support each other. This market draws in people who might otherwise not come to Kimberley.
She said: “You want to make a difference in the community. Getting the chance to show case Kimberley with an event like this lets us showcase our community. It was just fantastic”.
Any donations that were made on the day went towards the When you Wish Upon A Star and Nottingham Hospitals Charity.