Festive fairs are fun for all

w49805h13''Durrington High School Chrusmas Fair at the School on Saturday. The School Choir
w49805h13''Durrington High School Chrusmas Fair at the School on Saturday. The School Choir

FESTIVE spirit was the order of the day in Worthing on Saturday as two Christmas fairs were held in the town.

Durrington High School’s fair drew crowds with a seven foot high polar bear on display.

Other attractions included a Santa’s grotto, a roller disco and dozens of stalls selling handcrafted Christmas goods.

A particular highlight was a performance by the school choir.

Paul the polar bear was borrowed from the Connaught Theatre where he is currently starring in Santa Claus the Movie.

Community and enterprise manager Karen Purser said: “It was a really good event and very well attended with hundreds of people coming through the door.

“There was a good mix of exhibitors selling really good quality hand crafted items and two people won a tower of temptation, a pile of six boxes filled with wine, champagne, chocolates donated by Bookers and a Kindle donated by Innovate.”

The event raised more than £900 for Dreams Come True, which supports terminally and seriously ill children.

Four Year 11 girls, Silan Anil, Lucy Holliday, Zoe Linfield and Louise McDermott won a national competition run by the charity to design Christmas cards to be sold across the country, and their card designs were launched on the day.

Elsewhere, more than £1,175 was raised for the Luke Cory Trust and the Chanctonbury Community Playscheme at Oak Grove College at a Christmas fair organised by Hannah Mackrell.

It is the third year that she has organised the event, which attracted more than 550 people.

There was plenty for adults and children alike to do, including a winter wonderland grotto with Santa and his elves, PlayMosaic and Soft Tots West Sussex, face paints, glitter tattoos and gift stalls.

Lorraine Cory of the Luke Cory Trust said: “Everyone had a ball and it really was lovely.

“We had some great feedback and we would like to thank Hannah for doing this for us and for raising the money.

“Donations like this go a long way to helping us and for someone like Hannah to just come along and organise something is just fantastic.”

Ms Mackrell said: “We were overwhelmed by how many people came it was amazing.

“The atmosphere was so magical and Christmassy. Lots of parents said what a wonderful time they had with their children with so much to do and how wonderful the Santa grotto was.

“The elves and Santa made such a magical experience for every child.

“All this fun and they helped support both these amazing charities which provide respite and valuable memories to so many families.”