Fundraisers at St Mary’s Church in Greasley rolled back the years with a fun packed Victorian themed Christmas market which helped raise more than £3,000.
Alan Bowden, in his familiar guise of Town Crier, welcomed Broxtowe Borough Councillor Anna Soubry who cut a ribbon to get the event under way.
Co-ordinated by church stalwart Phil Dobson the Victorian Market has proved a great success for the church since the event was first introduced seven years ago and its success owes to months of planning and preparation beforehand.
The Church Hall echoed to the sounds of fun and laughter as stall holders displayed a wide variety of goods up for grabs and the church was also put to good use with Anthony Kirby, one of the last mining employees to work at Thoresby Colliery, staging an exhibition of mining memorabilia, collectables, photographs and artwork.
There was also a demonstration of lace-making, Ireland Chesterfield Colliery Band and hot food.
Revd Dave Marvin said: “The spirit of friendship and camaraderie has shone through, it has been a wonderful event made successful by splendid support from the local community.”