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By Tristan Harris Thursday 28 November 2013 Updated: 30/11 22:58
BROMSGROVE’S first ever Midwinter Fest has been hailed such a great success, the organisers are already planning a bigger and better one for next year.
And proposals have been mooted to try and get a Christmas market to take place in the town centre over that weekend in 2014.
Hundreds went along to the Midwinter Fest at St John’s Church on Saturday (November 23) and the event, which coincided with the town’s annual Christmas lights switch-on, raised almost £1,000 for the maintenance and upkeep of the historic building.
Visitors were able to browse craft stalls, have a go at tombolas, enter prize draws, meet and chat to Santa and go on a graveyard walk.
There was also a rare chance to climb the church tower to see the town centre all lit up from above.
The demand for that was so high that more tower climbs are planned for December as everyone who wanted to go up there was not able to do so that evening.
Guess the name of the street pastor reindeer raised £70.75 for the Bromsgrove Street Pastors, who are facing their busiest time of year. The correct answer was ‘Isaac’ after Rev Les Isaac, the founder of the street pastors.
One trader, Bromsgrove Cobbler Martin Connellan, reported having one of his busiest Saturdays ever and said other businesses had said the same.
“I have never seen so many people in the town.
“There are a lot of people who complain about the town centre and the shops, but this just shows what a great atmosphere can be generated when there are the right events going on.”
Rev Chris Wingfield from St John’s Church said: “I thought the Midwinter Fest was amazing.
“We were overwhelmed with the demand for people wanting to climb the tower.
“It brought the whole community together and was fantastic for both the church and the town.”
A Bromsgrove District Council spokeperson said: “Linking Bromsgrove’s Christmas lights switch-on and Midwinter Fest went really well, and we’re looking forward to exploring how we could facilitate feature events in the future - particularly given the brand new event spaces and revamped market that the town centre regeneration works are creating.”
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