Dreaming of a Wyke Christmas

Dorset Echo: Marian and Colin Huckle and Sue Baker at a previous  Wyke Christmas Fayre Marian and Colin Huckle and Sue Baker at a previous Wyke Christmas Fayre

A WEYMOUTH community is dreaming of a Wyke Christmas this weekend.

Preparations are being made in Wyke Regis for the annual community party which brings families together for a day of fun and entertainment while also being a showcase for local food and crafts.

The Wyke Christmas street fayre which runs from noon to 4.30pm on Sunday, December 8 and is based around Wyke Square and Chamberlaine Road will feature lots of new stalls this year.

There will be entertainment including Juno Belly Dancers and Morris dancers, and Father Christmas will be visiting and greeting children.

The event, which supports local charities, is one of the area’s biggest Christmas celebrations and is attended by thousands of people.

It proudly carries on a tradition from the thirteenth century when Henry III granted authority for an annual fayre to take place in Wyke on the Feast of St Nicholas, December 6.

The opening of the street fayre is marked by the bells being rung at All Saints Church.

Some streets in old Wyke are closed and there are open-air stalls selling a range of Christmas produce and gifts.

Councillor Kate Wheller, who is on the organising committee, said: “This is the eight year of the Wyke Christmas Street Fayre and it’s grown in popularity to become the local event.

“We have lots of stalls selling local food and crafts and there are many charities represented including the Society for the Protection of Markham and Little Francis and Weldmar.

“The two local Scout groups are involved and the youth club is running a skittles game.

“There is also a children’s roundabout and fair-time games.”

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