One of the warmest December weekends on record, did not stop the people of Burnham Market coming out in force to enjoy its ice rink.
The snow and ice were both artificial but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of those drawn to the village at the weekend, who could also enjoy the additional Christmassy attractions of a mini fairground ride and sideshows, roast chestnuts, mulled wine, mince pies and, for the slightly more adventurous, curried goat wraps.
Gales-force winds forced the cancellation of the Christmas lights switch-on three weeks ago but the weather had done a complete about turn for this second Christmas celebration put on by the Burnham Market Traders’ Association with support from the Hoste Arms Hotel.
Burnham Market has for many years boasted a range of shops much wider than would normally be found in a such a small country village.
Visitors can buy everything from the Christmas turkey to love-them-or-hate-them Brussels sprouts, Christmas cakes and puddings.
The village offers a wide range of Christmas presents and even boasts an independent wine merchant and a bookshop.
For those who over indulge there is a pharmacy whilst the weary shopper can even rest their tired feet with a refreshing ‘cuppa’ in a tea-shop or with a restorative restaurant meal.
Laura Pocock and Jez Scoles, organised the event on behalf of the Traders, planning what they called “a really cheery festive event”.
But behind the fun was a more serious aim.
“We wanted to attract people who do their Christmas shopping online or in chain shops,” said Miss Pocock.
“By doing so they are supporting independent retailers. We’re very pleased with how it has gone and everyone really enjoyed themselves.
“It’s been a great additional attraction to the village.”