WREXHAM was transformed back into the Victorian era for an annual festive market event.
Church Street, near St Giles Church, was the setting for yesterday’s Christmas Market, which included more than 70 stalls selling items such as toys, games, Christmas decorations and crafts.
A whole host of local producers were on hand to take orders for Christmas turkeys or geese or to sell everything from pies, sausages, cakes and chocolates, to local cheese, beers, cider and preserves.
Furthermore, a range of stalls selling hot food proved very popular, including traditional Bavarian sausages, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.
The markets also spilled over into St Giles Church, where refreshments were on offer and carols were sung, adding to the festive atmosphere.
Wrexham traders were full of praise for the event.
Nicky Brown, who owns Orchard Pigs gourmet delights, based on Wrexham Industrial Estate, said: “It’s been a really good event and the markets are important for us as we bid to grow as a business.
“All our produce is farmed within 20 miles of Wrexham so it’s great to be able to sell to people of the town here today.”
Derek Spurdle, who runs the Fudge Box in Chester, said: “It's the fifth year we’ve had a stall here and it gets bigger and better each year, bucking the trend and making Wrexham successful.
“The one-day market is spot on because it means a large footfall on the day.”
Gerry Morton, of Bangor-on-Dee, who runs Seren Foods, selling beef jerky, homemade jellies and pates, said: “It’s a top event and I’d say this year has been even busier than in the past, especially the lunchtime run.
“Events such as this are vital for our business and it gives us a timely boost around Christmas time.”