SLIDESHOW: Tadcaster begins festive Christmas fun

It was a weekend of Christmas festivities in Tadcaster, as St Mary’s Church held its Bazaar and Craft Fair on Saturday in the Riley-Smith Hall, preceding the town’s annual Christmas Market and Craft Fair, which took place on Sunday.

The event was officially opened by the Mayor of Tadcaster Steve Cobb and his Deputy Roderic Parker, with the Mayor thanking Reverend Canon Sue Sheriff for her invitation.

Teddy Time - Brothers Fraser and Robert Craig guaranteed a teddy every time on their stall at St Mary's Church Bazaar and Craft Fair - Photo by Wendy Binns

Teddy Time - Brothers Fraser and Robert Craig guaranteed a teddy every time on their stall at St Mary's Church Bazaar and Craft Fair - Photo by Wendy Binns

He also praised the work of St Mary’s Church in Tadcaster for “helping to maintain a community spirit and working together with the other churches in the area to make a difference in the town and surrounding areas.”

While not as busy as in previous years, townsfolk and visitors took advantage of the various stalls, including homemade produce and cakes, crafts, tombola and raffle, greeting cards and jewellery.

Guess the weight of the Christmas cake proved popular as did the refreshments and light lunches served in the upstairs Supper Room as the ladies from the church were kept busy all day with their delicious fayre.

The day wouldn’t have been complete without Santa in his grotto, which this year was even more magical.

“I was really impressed with the amount of work people had put into preparing for St Mary’s Bazaar and Craft Fair and we had one or two different stalls this year, all of which were really popular,” said Reverend Sue Sheriff.

“It was a very busy weekend in Tadcaster so numbers were slightly down, but fortunately those who did come found plenty to spend their money on so our profits were pretty much the same as last year,” she added.

“As always we are very grateful for the support we receive from our community and the happy atmosphere at the bazaar always makes the hard work worthwhile.”