Ford turns all festive for Christmas market
A frosty morning which turned into a bright and beautiful day was idyllic as big crowds turned up at the annual Ford Christmas Market.
Hailed as the best market to date, visitors flocked to browse the stalls, enjoy refreshments, visit Santa and his two cuddly Christmas donkeys and enjoy a family day out in the picturesque village of Ford.
This event first ran in 2008 with only 20 stalls and each year has grown in size and popularity.
Elspeth Gilliland, tourism manager at Ford & Etal Estates, who heads the team that organises the market each year, said: “When we started this event we struggled to sell all the stalls. Now we have a waiting list and, due to space constraints, can’t make the event bigger.”
Taking place inside the beautiful Lady Waterford Hall and outside in a street marquee, over 50 stallholders from across the North East and Scottish Borders reported a roaring trade.
The only problem for visitors was trying to navigate their way through the crowds.
The local shops and tearooms all take part and the range of high-quality foods, crafts and gifts available, along with a variety of refreshments, from good old fish and chips to ‘crispy conewich’ provided something to suit all tastes.
The organisers thanked all who attended and supported the event and the sponsors Olympus Marquees and EDF Energy.
A special thank-you went to Lowick United Girls and Parents for supervising parking and Ford Hugh Joicey CE Aided First School PTFA for booking and bringing Santa.