Residents in Shipston-on-Stour were transported back in time last Friday as the town’s popular Victorian Evening made a welcome return.
Now in its 18th year, the event is organised by the town’s rotary club and the central streets of Shipston were packed with people young and old who turned up to enjoy a large variety of stalls and to see town mayor Jackie Warner turn on the Christmas lights.
Entertainment was first provided by Shipston Primary School who got everyone in the festive spirit by singing a selection of traditional Christmas carols, before the Shipston Town Band took to the stage.
The second hour entertainment had Simon Kemp and his Shout Choir with their powerful and exciting singing of mainly modern songs such as “Mr Blue Sky”, “Alleluia” along with classics from Elbow and Coldplay.
During the evening there was also presentations for the best shop window, which was won this year by Rightons Butchers of Sheep Street.
The silver salver was presented by Mrs Warner and Shipston Rotary Club president Christine Cockell to Julia Cook of Rightons.
There was a large variety of stalls with raffle tickets available from the rotary club and Shipston Scouts as well as food on offer including a hog roast from Taylors the Butchers and German sausage varieties.
For drinks the North Cotswold Brewery was offered their range of ales including Shagweaver as well as their seasonal ale Winter Solstice.
The Totally Locally Shipston stall was doing a roaring trade, manned by Martin & Jane from the Shipston Therapy Centre, Kate Kirby and Clare Storey, with the new mugs being snapped up as well as the tea towels and bags.
The Sheldon Bosley stall was offering a human fruit machine with sweets the prizes, with real fruit being picked by Annie Vincent, Tom Mathews, Nadia Amietszajew and Sally Pentreath.
Other stalls available included Dogs for Good, Live On, Littlebird Soaps, Shakespeare Hospice, Shipston Young Farmers, Christians together in Shipston, Stour Valley bacon, Jimmys, Shipston Host families and Shipston First Responders.