ICYMI : Glossop Christmas Market & Lights : The last Saturday of November and just a touch of rain !, was the setting for the first part of this year’s ‘A Victorian Christmas’, with the ‘Not such a silent night’ festivities in Norfolk Square joined by a extended (from the norm) Christmas Market on the indoor and outdoor market.
Organised by the Glossopdale Trust, ‘Not such a silent night’, featured a range of performances from local primary school choirs, along with the Glossop Old Band, and the Dark Peak Band, to both provide a warm up and warm down (in a sense) for this year’s Glossop Christmas Light’s switch on, which was performed by the Mayor of the High Peak, along with the support of aid of Santa.
Glossop Old Band got proceedings off to a start, followed by the first of the school choir’s St Luke’s, next up was Dinting school, followed by St James, then St Mary’s, then Simmondley, and as a completely unbiased school governor (and past pupil), saving the best until last, the choir from the Federation of All Saints and St Margaret’s (if you click the school name that will take you direct to one of the photo’s of that school’s performance).
The main event followed next with the Mayor and Mayoress (Cllr Stuart Young and his daughter Charlotte) been joined by Santa fresh from his duties on the Glossop Mountain Rescue sleigh, and after a few teething issues, the Glossop Christmas tree, was final lit with I’m sure an extra prayer or too of thanks joining with the prayers and blessing offered by Fr Greg from All Saints.
Last up on the square was the Dark Peak Band, who are a brilliant local youth orchestra, who provided the accompaniment, along with a singer to traditional Christmas carols.
At the same time, despite the dreadful weather a wide range of stalls was providing the Christmas Market, with a particular mention for the mulled wine from the Howard Town Brewery stall which was providing a great help for keeping warm against the damp.
The market also had entertainment, however the only act I caught was the wonderful Glossop Ukulele Group.
Events, like these take a lot of time and effort to put together and unfortunately you cannot guarantee the weather and my thanks go to Glossopdale Trust, market stall holders and all involved for there efforts in putting things together, especially the outdoor market stall holders who braved the elements for a long day, along with all the parents, grandparents and all others who braved the weather for the various performances.
You can see pictures from the event below or on flick by clicking here