Ford Christmas Market hailed a massive success

Santa and the donkeys.
Santa and the donkeys.

A frosty yet sunny day brought out the crowds to the annual Ford Christmas Market on Sunday, which has been hailed as the best to date.

Visitors flocked to browse the stalls, enjoy refreshments, visit Santa and his two cuddly Christmas donkeys and enjoy a family day out in the picturesque village of Ford, on Ford and Etal Estates.

This event first ran in 2008 with only 20 stalls, but each year it has grown in size and popularity.

Elspeth Gilliland, tourism manager at Ford and Etal, who heads the team that organises the market each year, said: “When we started this event, we struggled to sell all the stalls.

“Now we have a waiting list, and due to space constraints can’t make the event bigger.”

Taking place inside the beautiful Lady Waterford Hall and outside in a street marquee, more than 50 stallholders from across the Borders and North-East England reported a roaring trade.

Elspeth added: “The local shops and tearooms all took part and the range of high-quality foods, crafts and gifts available, along with a variety of refreshments, from good old fish and chips to crispy conewich, provided something to suit all tastes.”

The organisers would like to thank all who attended and supported the event, including sponsors Olympus Marquees and EDF Energy.

A special thank you goes to Lowick United Girls and their parents for supervising parking and Ford Hugh Joicey C of E Aided First School PTFA for booking and bringing Father Christmas.