Church’s Victorian market raises over £4,000

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An annual Victorian-themed Christmas market at Greasley St Mary’s Church was a huge success raising more than £4,000.

The contrasting grandeur and poverty of times past shone through as church friends donned authentic costumes and manned a variety of festive stalls.

Churchwarden Alan Bowden in his guise as town crier heralded the cutting of a ribbon by Rev Dave Marvin to officially open the popular event which was co-ordinated by Phil Dobson.

Anthony Kirby played his part by staging an exhibition of mining ephemera, collectables, photographs and artwork in the church.

Delighted by the success of the event Phil said: “Months and planning and preparation ahead of the event has paid handsome dividends.”