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HONITON: Festive weekend pulls in the crowds

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Honiton launched the festive season at the weekend with a double header of Christmas events in the town centre.
The annual Christmas Carnival took place on Saturday evening with floats from all over East Devon turning out for the procession, before Honiton’s Bygone Christmas shopping event rounded off the festive weekend on Sunday.
Crowds of people were showered with snow as the carnival procession made its way through High Street.
The Christmas Carnival, which was almost cancelled last month because of high insurance costs, survived the bad weather that threatened to dampen spirits at the Honiton Carnival in October, and was led off by Carnival Queen Cerys Phillips, aged nine, and Princess Erin Symonds, six.
Sunday’s Bygone Christmas event, organised by the Chamber of Commerce, once again brought crowds into the town, with market stalls and music outside St Paul’s Church providing a day of entertainment.
High Street traders received a timely boost as hundreds of people flocked to Honiton for their Christmas shopping.
There were attractions up and down High Street, with a tombola in Lace Walk, a raffle outside the church and live music throughout the day at Boston Tea Party and Honiton Wine Bar.

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