Sounds and vision for Harborough’s Christmas fair

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A total of 20 live acts will give a festival feel to Market Harborough for the town’s Christmas Fayre on Friday, December 5.

The entertainment starts at 6pm with a 100-piece Rock Choir on a main stage at the top of High Street, outside The Angel Hotel.

Acts will include Harborough Band, Market Harborough Choral Society, Braybrooke Morris Dancers, the choir Voices of Attitude and Harborough folk stalwarts The Riff Raff Element.

“We’ve got some amazing entertainment planned,” said Christmas Fayre committee chairman Sofi Vaughan.

“There’s everything from operatic choirs to stilt walkers moving around the town.”

The event’s Victorian Food Quarter aims to take visitors back in time, with shop owners and stallholders dressed in period costumes.

And Sofi said: “The closing ceremony is my favourite part.

“At 8.45pm we will be inviting the whole town to the stage to sing carols together.

“The final carol will be Silent Night, sung in remembrance of the 1914 Christmas truce in the trenches.”

Sofi added: “We want to bring our town together to remember what the Christmas spirit is all about, and we can’t wait.”

In other event news, 27 shops in Market Harborough have now joined the Welland Valley Rotary Club’s Christmas shop “Odd One Out” competition, aimed at town school children.

The competition starts this week and will run throughout the fortnight leading up to the night of the Fayre.

The aim is to spot the odd thing out in each of the participating shop windows.

Welland Valley Rotary Club president Dave Berridge said: “One of the aims of the Fayre is to involve as many people in the community as possible and this is a fun way of encouraging the town’s children to feel a part of the event – as well as working on their observation skills.

“We ran the competition last year and it proved to be a great success.”

There will be prizes for the three correct entries drawn out at the Fayre, plus a prize for the primary school with the most entries.

The competition is free to enter and open to anyone under the age of 12.

Children can get entry forms from their school or at the Welland Valley Rotary website

Completed entry forms can be left at each school’s reception, in the office of Harrison Murray in 45 High Street, Harborough, or on the Welland Valley Rotary Club stall in Adam and Eve Street during the Fayre before 8pm.

Mr Berridge said: “We hope to raise at least £300 for charity from the competition.”