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Castle Road Christmas Fair 2013

Along with the Christmas Boutique Market at Little Johnny Russells, last weekend was also the date of the Castle Road Christmas Fair and craft market. A cluster of little stalls lined the section of road closed to traffic, selling a variety of goods including pretty handmade trinkets, homemade chutneys and olive oil, clothes and bric-a-brac. You could even pucker up and pick up a sprig of mistletoe for those festive kisses.

Lizzie Wildgoose of World Treasures displayed her delicate jewellery, much of it made from Fairtrade sourced materials, including pretty little gemstones. If you missed her stall on Castle Road you can catch her at Palmerston Road later this month. Another stall sold homemade marmalade, chutney and chilli jam, the proceeds going towards a Camps International trip to Cambodia. A group of 13 Year 11 pupils from Mayville High School are fundraising for a trip next summer, which will involve helping to build accommodation for teachers and teaching English.

Those looking for a unique Christmas card were treated to Three Ships Illustration, comprising illustrators Olivia Cook, Livi Gosling and Danny Alexander. The trio of recent Falmouth graduates was in Danny’s native Portsmouth for the weekend selling cards, art prints and postcards beautifully decorated with animals, fruit, birds and miscellaneous scenes. The ‘Season’s Tweetings’ cards were an amusingly original touch.

A stylish little outdoor seating area in front of Delaney’s sandwich bar provided a comfy spot to enjoy a hog roast, mulled wine and a mince pie, while live music played from a little stage at the end of the road.


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