“Dickensian Day set to be bigger and better” was the Wetherby News headline on November 28, and it certainly was - report by By Robert Greene, Wetherby Lions.
From 9am the Market Place was thronged and Twitter world was buzzing as the crowds grew and Tweeters took to the air.
Among the many postings were: “Great to see so many shoppers supporting Local Business in Wetherby today! Dickensian Spirit alive & kicking in Yorkshire”
“Enjoyable morning at the Wetherby Xmas Market. Great day for small biz well done to the organisers”
“@treateatsweet @wetherbyhour fab atmosphere at the market plus I managed to get everything I need for tonight’s dinner”
“Church Street Wetherby is open for business. The Stationery Cupboard, Silk Sisters and Ces’t Chocolat are all open”
“Lovely to see Wetherby Musical Theatre Group in full song. Real community feeling in Wetherby this morning.”
“Well done to Wetherby Lions and all the organisers - at the Dickensian market fabulous atmosphere”
“Loving the Dickensian look today for Wetherby Lions Xmas Farmers Market, everyone really got into the spirit”
In addition to the Yorkshire Farmers Markets who were present in force selling fabulous local produce, many of the local shops had opened their doors and were doing a roaring trade, it was reported that there was not a seat to be had in any of the local cafes and restaurants all morning.
As well as produce stalls there were many other attractions with chances to win lots of prizes ranging from Cuddly Lions to the Star Attraction provided by Sweet Temptations, a one foot high chocolate festive house, on the Chocolate Tombola stall.
Entertainment during the day was provided by Wetherby Silver Band, Wetherby Musical Theatre Group and Deighton Gates Junior School Choir all playing or singing festive music and carols.
Town Mayor, Coun Alan Lamb, introduced by Town Crier John Trower and Lion President Terry Burns formally opened the proceedings at 10am before Father Christmas arrived on his sleigh with his real live reindeer to be met by crowds of expectant children who kept a constant queue at his grotto for four hours.
The event finished just after 2pm when the Lions - in true Dickensian fashion - retired to a local hostelry for a well-earned pint of ale.