Doubt remains over future of Christmas Fair

December 05 2016

THE FUTURE of Hanham's annual Christmas fair could be under threat if more volunteers don't come forward to help.

THE FUTURE of Hanham's annual Christmas fair could be under threat if more volunteers don't come forward to help.

This year's fair - which had been due to go ahead on Friday December 2 - was cancelled and a late-night shopping event took its place with Santa putting in an appearance at Hanham Library.

Bernard Jackson, owner of florists Fleurtations and chairman of the Hanham Business and Community Partnership, said it was too early to say if the fair would return as normal next year.

"We're always keen for it to go ahead but if we're not going to get the manpower to help us it won't go ahead," he said.

"We normally start planning for the fair in the spring and by then we will know whether or not we are going to get a proper team together. If no one bothers to do anything then it will just die which would be a great shame."

Traders had originally decided in June not to hold the event because of a lack of support but changed their minds in September when offers of help increased.

They applied to close the road but police objected following trouble with youths outside of Lidl after last year's fair.

By that time, it was too late for traders to employ extra security to fulfil safety regulations to enable the road closure to be agreed and the fair had to be cancelled.

Mr Jackson, who has run Fleurtations for the past 10 years, said the objection to this year's event had been disappointing.

"The people who caused the trouble last year weren't at the fair and arrived afterwards. The actual fair went off without trouble. We've held a fair for the past 10 years and it's always gone off successfully and safely. I really can't say whether it will go ahead next year unless we get enough offers of help, either from other traders or from people in the community."