Lancing Christmas market hailed a success

People enjoying the festivities at the market in North Road
People enjoying the festivities at the market in North Road

Children’s choirs, Santa, and a vintage steam engine were among the highlights at this year’s Lancing’s Christmas Market.

Held on Saturday, December 1, in North Road, the market featured the junior choir from Sir Robert Woodard Academy, in Upper Boundstone Lane.

Pupils at Seaside Primary School, in Freshbrook Road, also joined in the festive singing as crowds gathered for the different activities held throughout the day.

There was also a familiar face playing the role of Santa Clause, as Liberal Democrat councillor Steve Martin donned the iconic red outfit for the special occasion.

Previously, the market had been organised by Adur District Council, but this year Lancing Parish Council chairman Ann Bridges was organiser.

She said: “It went very well.

“There was lots of community spirit and lots of people around – more so than usual.

“Everyone really enjoyed it and Steve made a great Santa.”

There were plenty of charity stalls offering different goods on the day, including Lancing and Sompting Lions and the Lancing Regeneration Community Committee.

Extra entertainment was provided by a vintage steam engine, which was decorated in Christmas style and made up into Santa’s grotto, to the delight of youngsters on the day.

Ann Bridges added: “The weather was good. It was cold, but it was also bright.

“My concern was that it would rain, but that wasn’t a problem at all.”