Swaffham Assembly Rooms rull of colour

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Swaffham’s Assembly rooms were full of the glitter and sparkle of Christmas on Saturday at the sixth annual traditional Christmas Craft Fair.

And the colourful spectacle proved to be an all-day hit with customers eager to spot that less than usual hand-made Christmas present.

Co-organisers, mother and daughter Carol and Camille Pegg, were delighted with the response.

“Most of the 30 stalls were manned by proper crafts people selling what they had made – traditional East Anglian crafts,” said Carol Pegg.

The idea for the fair had first come to her in 2009 because she wanted to support traditional crafts and the response was plain to see with stall holders travelling to Swaffham from both far and near.

Stained glass, dolls and dolls clothes, jewellery, cards for special occasions, embroidery, preserves and chutney, rustic wooden Christmas presents and hand engraved glassware were just a few of the crafts on show.

Carol Pegg was also grateful to the Iceni Partnership which hired out the hall to her at a specially reduced charity rate.

“If it had been the full rate we could not have afforded it,” she said.

The event is expected to make in excess of £200 which will go to support Swaffham’s Community Hospital.

“I think it’s important we support the hospital because everyone uses it,” said Carol Pegg.