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Newton Abbot shoppers stroll back in time

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

  • all dressed up: In character at the Victorian evening

  • magnificent creature: Devon Birds of Prey in Market Walk Tracey Renowden

  • stalls: The Victorian evening in Newton Abbot

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SHOPPERS descended on Newton Abbot town centre to enjoy the annual Victorian evening in the Market Square and Walk.

Punch and Judy were back in the town with their traditional shows to entertain both children and adults alike and there was a collection for the Mayor's Charity.

The hub of the town was jam packed with local charity stalls selling their wares.

There were almost 40 stalls selling Christmas items from tree decorations, homemade cakes and buns to Christmas cards and bric a brac.

This year the best dressed stall trophy went to Shaldon Road Methodist Church who received £50 for their charity.

Pupils from Bearnes Primary School entertained shoppers with carols and Devon Birds of Prey were also in the town.

Children loved seeing a gentleman on a penny farthing, who was making balloon models for the children.

There was also a stilt walking policeman and a fire juggling show in Courtenay Street, along with a chance for shoppers to Star in Your Own Nativity.

Santa was in residence in his Clock Tower grotto this year and will be there again on Saturdays in December as well as late night Wednesdays.

Entry to the grotto is a donation to the Mayor's chosen charity which this year is Hannahs at Seale-Hayne.

The Pied Piper Fairground organ was outside Lloyds Bank for the evening too and made an impressive £75 for the Mayor's Charity.

The Indoor Market once again put on their own tea dance for the shoppers and stall owners. This was well-attended with many people enjoying a dance.

Natalie Hicks and Kelly Burridge, the events co-ordinators for the town council, said: "The event was a great success.

"We must thank everyone for coming out and putting in so much effort.

"A big thank you must go to all those involved including 'Mr Biscuits' in Market Square for the refreshments for the school children.

"The charity stalls looked very festive with a Victorian twist, a great effort all round."

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