Festive cheer comes to Fazakerley fair

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Fazakerley Winter Wonderland market stalls. Pic © Abigail Lawrence JMU Journalism

Fazakerley Community Library was transformed into a Christmas market this Saturday with local businesses and members of the community coming together to get into the festive spirit.

On a regular day, the library is used for much more than just its books. They offer a range of different courses as well as food and clothing banks for those who need it.

The idea behind the first ever Fazakerley Winter Wonderland is to bring back a sense of community around the Christmas period into the area whilst supporting small local businesses. The event proved to be popular, with plans to upscale it next year.

Along with the stalls from local businesses, there were exotic animals, petting animals, donkey rides, a performance from the community choir, and the chance to visit Santa and his grotto.

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Rona Heron, 53, Learning Centre Manager of Fazakerley Community Library, told JMU Journalism: “Everything is free for all of the families, it doesn’t matter how many people turn up, or how many kids they have.

“No one will have to pay anything, aside from any gifts they buy from stalls. All the stallholders are from the local area and are selling Christmas gifts at very affordable prices, giving something back to the community.”

Members of Fazakerley High School PTCA. Pic © Abigail Lawrence JMU Journalism

One of the stalls at the event was the Fazakerley High School PTCA (Parents, Teachers, Community Association), selling products made by members of the PTCA and the children at the school. Any money raised will be going towards extra books and additional support for children in the classroom.

Lisa Sumner, Chair of Fazakerley High School PTCA, 49, told JMU Journalism: “I think that we have lost the sense of community here in Fazakerley a little bit so it’s nice for everyone to come down and get involved and get in the festive spirit while supporting those in the local area.

“It’s a great way of both buying your unique Christmas presents that you won’t see in the shops, while supporting local small businesses.”

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