Hundreds visit Burnley's festive market

Hundreds attended the market

Children meet Santa

Santa's helpers hand out goodies

Coun Tony Martin on the mulled wine stall

First published in News

HUNDREDS of people braved the cold to visit a Burnley street which was transformed into festive market.

Stalls selling mulled wine, mince pies, cakes, bric-a-brac, burgers and hot dogs lined the pavements of St Matthew Street.

Around 300 people turned out to the third annual event which was set up by local traders to give something back to the community.

Everything sold at the stalls cost £1, apart from the cakes, and all the money raised is being donated to the Mayor’s charity Pendleside Hospice and local charities and organisations in Burnley and Padiham who support families.

Although a final amount has not yet been announced, traders hope to have raised £1,000 from the event.

The night, which ran from 6pm to 8pm, also had a special visit from Father Christmas.

Peter Harrison, who runs the Post Office in Coal Clough Lane and helped organise the event, said: “It was a fantastic success, the streets were packed with people despite the cold weather.

“This is the third time we have run the market and it seems to get bigger and better every year.

“The idea for the market came about after the traders in the area got together and decided that we would like to give something back to the customers who support us throughout the year.

“All the traders donate the items that are sold and then the money goes to charity.

“We wanted to make it affordable so everyone could join in. We decided to run it from 6pm to 8pm so that children could get involved in the event too.”

Trinity ward councillor Tony Martin, who helped at the event selling mince pies and mulled wine said: “It was a brilliant night, everyone really enjoyed themselves.

“It is a fantastic idea to have a Christmas market in the town. People travel miles to go to the markets in Manchester and Leeds so it is great to have something like this on the doorstep.

“Gazebos and tables for the event were leant by the council and police and PCSOs helped ensure it ran smoothly.”

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2:06pm Fri 7 Dec 12

doctor1970 says...

I won't go up that part of town because the yobs that litter the area
I won't go up that part of town because the yobs that litter the area doctor1970
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2:49pm Fri 7 Dec 12

locallad39 says...

O.M.G.!!! An A.S.B.O. for terrorising the elderly to con money out of them. What a joke! In their case, because i know of them and i know they are heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol, they all should of been given jail terms which would of got them clean from the drink and drugs, therefore stopping them from re-offending. As it stands they have or should i say had coz it would of gone straight in the bin, a piece of paper with a map telling them where they can and can't go, meanwhile their victims are left probably too scared to leave their homes. British Justice eh, what a laugh. I end with one word for this lowlife, "SCUMBAGS"
O.M.G.!!! An A.S.B.O. for terrorising the elderly to con money out of them. What a joke! In their case, because i know of them and i know they are heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol, they all should of been given jail terms which would of got them clean from the drink and drugs, therefore stopping them from re-offending. As it stands they have or should i say had coz it would of gone straight in the bin, a piece of paper with a map telling them where they can and can't go, meanwhile their victims are left probably too scared to leave their homes. British Justice eh, what a laugh. I end with one word for this lowlife, "SCUMBAGS" locallad39
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3:02pm Fri 7 Dec 12

DaveBurnley says...

locallad39 wrote:
O.M.G.!!! An A.S.B.O. for terrorising the elderly to con money out of them. What a joke! In their case, because i know of them and i know they are heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol, they all should of been given jail terms which would of got them clean from the drink and drugs, therefore stopping them from re-offending. As it stands they have or should i say had coz it would of gone straight in the bin, a piece of paper with a map telling them where they can and can't go, meanwhile their victims are left probably too scared to leave their homes. British Justice eh, what a laugh. I end with one word for this lowlife, "SCUMBAGS"
I've read the article twice and I'm wondering what you've read?
[quote][p][bold]locallad39[/bold] wrote: O.M.G.!!! An A.S.B.O. for terrorising the elderly to con money out of them. What a joke! In their case, because i know of them and i know they are heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol, they all should of been given jail terms which would of got them clean from the drink and drugs, therefore stopping them from re-offending. As it stands they have or should i say had coz it would of gone straight in the bin, a piece of paper with a map telling them where they can and can't go, meanwhile their victims are left probably too scared to leave their homes. British Justice eh, what a laugh. I end with one word for this lowlife, "SCUMBAGS"[/p][/quote]I've read the article twice and I'm wondering what you've read? DaveBurnley
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5:17pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Good call says...

locallad39 wrote:
O.M.G.!!! An A.S.B.O. for terrorising the elderly to con money out of them. What a joke! In their case, because i know of them and i know they are heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol, they all should of been given jail terms which would of got them clean from the drink and drugs, therefore stopping them from re-offending. As it stands they have or should i say had coz it would of gone straight in the bin, a piece of paper with a map telling them where they can and can't go, meanwhile their victims are left probably too scared to leave their homes. British Justice eh, what a laugh. I end with one word for this lowlife, "SCUMBAGS"
If you are on the side of the law abiding and not the scumbag criminals, do you think that law abiding citizens should be able to own firearms for the purpose of self defence?
[quote][p][bold]locallad39[/bold] wrote: O.M.G.!!! An A.S.B.O. for terrorising the elderly to con money out of them. What a joke! In their case, because i know of them and i know they are heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol, they all should of been given jail terms which would of got them clean from the drink and drugs, therefore stopping them from re-offending. As it stands they have or should i say had coz it would of gone straight in the bin, a piece of paper with a map telling them where they can and can't go, meanwhile their victims are left probably too scared to leave their homes. British Justice eh, what a laugh. I end with one word for this lowlife, "SCUMBAGS"[/p][/quote]If you are on the side of the law abiding and not the scumbag criminals, do you think that law abiding citizens should be able to own firearms for the purpose of self defence? Good call
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