SLIDESHOW: Victorian market festive joy

Traders dressed in period costume set up stalls in Hemsworth last weekend for the town’s first Victorian Christmas market.

Hundreds of people attended the event, organised by Hemsworth Town Council and Distant Memories shop owner Carol Dawson.

Victorian Christmas market in Hemsworth. Christine Ely / Peter Leed / Carol Dawson / Charlotte Agnew / Tony Upson / Victoria Agnew. (H561A447)

Victorian Christmas market in Hemsworth. Christine Ely / Peter Leed / Carol Dawson / Charlotte Agnew / Tony Upson / Victoria Agnew. (H561A447)

There were more than 40 stalls selling gifts for Christmas and a charity stall which raised money for homeless young people.

There was also a Santa’s grotto and face painting.

Miss Dawson said: “It was an absolutely fantastic event.

“All the stall holders made an effort to dress up and everyone had lots of fun.

“I organised the event to help make people happy and in memory of my grandma Rene Florence Taylor who had a stall on the market for 25 years.

“To see the effort pay off made it all worthwhile. I’m totally overwhelmed by how many people came out to support us.”

The town council and Miss Dawson are already planning future themed markets.

Coun Tony Upson, town council chairman, said: “It was a great day, very well attended and everyone really enjoyed it.

“We’re looking at continuing themed events to try to revive the market and increase the number of people using it in the future.”