Cold and wet, but 15,000 visit market

Kelham market: Jayne Abdy, Noelle Abdy and Richard Abdy all from Wentworth Pewter in Sheffield who were stall holders at the event.

Kelham market: Jayne Abdy, Noelle Abdy and Richard Abdy all from Wentworth Pewter in Sheffield who were stall holders at the event.

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CROWDS of almost 15,000 braved cold and wet weather to make it a record weekend at the Kelham Island Museum Victorian Christmas Market.

Organisers said visitors seemed determined to make up for last year’s cancellation because of snow, turning out in large numbers, despite largely poor weather, especially on the Sunday.

Events and marketing officer Niki Connolly said: “After missing last year due to heavy snowfall, I think we all had twice as much fun this year to make up for it. What a wonderful event. We went all out to make this year’s Christmas Market bigger and better than ever before.”

Shoppers pounded the cobbled streets of the industrial museum where more than 120 craft, food and other stalls were located. Visitor numbers were up 25% on the 2009 market - a boost to the museum trust, which depends on the market as a fundraiser.

As well as having the largest ever number of stalls, the event offered fairground rides and performances from local brass bands and choirs, while Dickensian style characters wandered among visitors.

Jayne Abdy, a stallholder from Wentworth Pewter in Sheffield, who came dressed in her finest Victorian clothing, said: “It was a terrible shame that it snowed last year, but this year’s market has really made up it. We’ve had a fantastic time.”