Jingle all the way to Caterham!

Christmas officially arrived in Caterham at the end of November, despite the town feeling the after-effects of Storm Arwen.

The original plan to host 'Christmas comes to Caterham' on Croydon Road had to be cancelled, due to the uncertainty of whether the outdoor stalls could withstand the high winds.

Lyne Boyd, manager of Church Walk Shopping Centre, quickly established an indoor market in a Church Walk vacant unit, enabling some of the pre-booked stalls to still take part. These included The Fashion Basement, Flamingo Paperie, Little Angels, Liz Rivers, The Lost Sheep, Sue Pozzoni Designs, Sam TM Chalboards, Vintiques of Surrey and Quay Candle Company.

Lyne said:

"Thanks to the local community for their support on a very cold day!"

The valley lights were switched on, and visitors were also able to drop in on the Soper Hall Christmas Fair. It was a highly successful event, with people arriving throughout the day to buy unique and innovative Christmas gifts, discover local businesses and, of course, meet Father Christmas in his grotto!

Jingle all the way to Caterham!

The Garland Tea Room was also open for refreshments, with their cakes selling out within a few hours of opening.

Hilary Hopkinson, Soper Hall events director:

"Despite the awful weather, over 1,500 people came to our first Christmas Fair for two years. Most of the stallholders reported record takings, and Santa was definitely the highlight of the day. It was lovely seeing families enjoying themselves, too. We raised just over £2,000, which will go towards maintaining and improving our lovely old building. "

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