Ber­ri­gan Night Mar­ket suc­cess

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A hugely suc­cess­ful Night Mar­ket in Ber­ri­gan at­tracted scores of peo­ple to Chanter St on Fri­day night.

Open to the com­mu­nity, lo­cal food and pro­duce stores spilled out onto the street with some busi­nesses open for late trade to cater for a happy crowd made up of all ages.

The Ber­ri­gan Dis­trict De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion ini­tia­tive fea­tured none other than a visit from Santa him­self.

Known for his ar­rivals on a fire truck, a light-hearted trick was played on the com­mu­nity’s young­sters to keep them in sus­pense.

‘‘We got a fire truck to drive in from the Finley side of the street and a swarm of kids ran up think­ing it was Santa,’’ Night Mar­ket co-or­gan­iser Rachael Arnold said.

‘‘We then had po­lice­man Adam White drive Santa into the site from the other end of town.

‘‘The kids went crazy with ex­cite­ment and he was mobbed within min­utes.’’

Chanter St was blocked off and the al­co­hol free zone lifted tem­po­rar­ily to al­low for an in­ti­mate Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion for all.

The Red Cross Fash­ion Ex­trav­a­ganza event at­tracted fash­ion lovers from across the dis­trict and band Mul­berry Street kept peo­ple on their feet, play­ing acous­tic live mu­sic.

This vibe was boosted thanks to James Waugh who was the mas­ter of cer­e­monies, en­sur­ing things like the spin­ning wheel com­pe­ti­tion ran smoothly.

Ms Arnold said based on es­ti­mates only, there seemed to be more peo­ple en­joy­ing the cel­e­bra­tion this year.

‘‘We’ve had pos­i­tive feed­back and the stall hold­ers had a good night of trade — we had more stalls than we’ve ever had in five years.

‘‘The older kids had a wa­ter fight and we hope to build this event big­gest and bet­ter next year. We thank vol­un­teers like James Waugh and every­one else who helped as with­out them, the event wouldn’t hap­pen.’’

If you would like to help out for next year’s event or pro­vide feed­back, email Ms Arnold at [email protected]­mac.com.au.

Night Mar­ket host James Waugh chats with young­ster Jack Phillips. RIGHT: Sophia-Ruby Mor­gan had her face painted.

Ter­rie Clark, Dot McIvor, Eve­lyn Reynold­son, Del Sch­we­icker, Stella Lee, Val Daly (stand­ing) and Di Hard­widge.

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