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Crowds flock to Christmas market at St Peter’s Church, Aldborough Hatch

PUBLISHED: 10:35 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 21 November 2017

Georgina and Lukas McKenna assure Father Christmas they've been good. Picture: Ron Jeffries

Georgina and Lukas McKenna assure Father Christmas they've been good. Picture: Ron Jeffries

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The Christmas Market at St Peter’s Church, Aldborough Hatch, was crowded on Saturday, November 18, with visitors stocking up on homemade preserves, cakes and plants for Christmas.

Erin Lee has another chat with Father Christmas, as she has done each year at St Peter's Church Christmas market. Picture: Ron JeffriesErin Lee has another chat with Father Christmas, as she has done each year at St Peter's Church Christmas market. Picture: Ron Jeffries

Wes Streeting, MP for Ilford North, was among those taking advantage of the bargains.

He was served by Muriel Karunaratna and Lee Hawkes, members of St Peter’s, who make the selection of jams, marmalades and pickles.

Pupils from William Torbitt Primary School in Ilford also visited the market which featured an exhibition of more than 100 nativity sets in the church.

And Father Christmas was there to hear children’s hopes for their stockings.

The Rev Kate Lovesey, Priest-in-Charge, said: “There was a happy atmosphere throughout the weekend. Not only did visitors come from around the borough but former members travelled from as far away as Bishop’s Stortford, Bristol and Calne in Wiltshire.”

She added it was “a great start to Christmas” at the church.

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