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Thousands enjoy South Molton’s weekend Christmas Festival

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: December 10, 2012

  • South Molton's Lantern Parade

  • Christmas Pannier Market in South Molton

  • Christmas Tree Festival at Mary Magdalene Church

  • Christmas Tree Festival at t Mary Magdalene Church

  • Jill Foley O'connor as Mother Christmas

  • South Molton's Christmas Festival

  • Shepherd and author David Kennard and his faithful dog Mist

  • The Best Pen of Sheep at the Fatstock Show was won by John Smale and Sons

  • The horse shoeing demonstration drew a crowd at the Fatstock Show

  • Johnny Kingdom

  • The Tea Cup ride on the Square

  • The Vintage Fair

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  • Fatstock Market - South Molton 2012

  • Fatstock Market - South Molton 2012

  • Fatstock Market - South Molton 2012

  • Fatstock Market - South Molton 2012

  • Fatstock Market - South Molton 2012

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Thousands turned out to South Molton’s Christmas Festival this weekend.

The entertainment kicked off on Friday evening as hundreds of children took part in the town’s annual lantern parade.

Several soaked up the festive atmosphere and enjoyed late-night shopping before watching the town’s Christmas lights switch on.

The Christmas Tree Festival, held at St Mary Magdalene Church, also attracted a high number of visitors over the weekend.

People came from near and far to see the building illuminated by 54 different Christmas trees, which were individually decorated by local groups.

Spectator Florence Millman said: “The lantern parade was lovely and the Christmas Tree Festival at the Church was amazing. It’s brilliant to see the whole community coming together for an event like this”.

Derry Hodgson, Church Warden, said the church had been “inundated” with visitors all weekend. He said: “We are really thankful that local people and others from much farther away, have been so supportive.”

The festivities continued on Saturday, with a host of entertainment on offer in the town centre including a number of fairground rides, a vintage fair complete with a pop-up tea room, a special South Molton-themed competition in the Pannier market and face painting.

On Sunday, hundreds turned out to the Christmas Fatstock Show. Main attractions included Combe Martin shepherd and author David Kennard and his famous sheep dog Mist. Local celebrity Johnny Kingdom was also there, talking of his latest filming adventures and exhibiting his pictures, DVDs and books.

As well as traditional crafts on offer, there were also a number of animals on show including alpacas from Langaton Alpacas, a shire horse from Jonathon Waterer's farm at Chittlehampton and an Exmoor pony.

Michael Edwards from Stags Auctioneers, who organised the show with Morley Heal, said: “It really was a wonderful day, which was very well supported by those entering, the public and our many sponsors, who we would like to thank”.

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