The Two Wells Community Garden held its first Christmas Twilight Market on Friday December 11.
After the Christmas Street Parade was cancelled for the first time in decades this year, local volunteers decided to utilise the beautiful garden space and invite the community to enjoy a summer evening browsing 15 stalls of local handmade goods, arts, crafts, plants, jams and old wares.
Local young musicians entertained the crowds with Christmas carols and rock and roll music, drawing an appreciative audience.
The Two Wells Scout Group was kept busy serving sausages and drinks, while Santa enjoyed a constant stream of children visiting him for a chat in the old jail cell. The Craft Shop was also open for business and the volunteers were run off their feet all night.
Organisers of the event were overwhelmed with the community response to this market, after launching a huge marketing plan on social media and in The Echo only three weeks ago when it was decided to go ahead with the market, despite the uncertainty around the lockdowns.
It is estimated around 500 people came through the market providing a much needed boost to the local community and businesses.
The volunteers are now planning for future markets in 2021.
Organiser Di Meaney said the volunteers were blown away by the response to the market.
“Following a ‘light bulb’ moment, very recently, to hold this event, we never envisaged having so many people attend,” Di said.
“They came from far and wide as well as such a great local turn out!
“A big ‘shout out’ to both the garden and the craft shop volunteers for their tireless efforts, to the stall holders, to Father Christmas for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit, to the amazingly talented young musicians, to the Scouts for providing the sausage sizzle and, not forgetting the friendly clown who added some colourful entertainment!!
“A big thank you to all in the community for supporting our market.
“We hope there will be more to follow.”