CROWDS have enjoyed the second day of the Victorian Christmas Fayre.

Despite the cold weather, smiles were seen all around as people sampled, food, drink and stocked up on gifts at the various craft stalls on offer.

Mariusz Keic, owner of Keic Garden Product, said: “It’s my first time here and it’s very busy.

“Yesterday was a bad day for trade as the wet weather put people off.

“Today, the weather is dry so we’re getting more customers stopping and buying what I make.”

Ellen Halpin-Barnett of Luxury Hampers and Gifts, said: “Trade today has been excellent - it always is when he have a stall at this market.

“Piston Gin, made locally, has been particularly popular with customers and our Christmas puddings are popular too - I’ve had to send my husband Paul off to get some more as we ran out at one point.”

Visitors Di and Steve had travelled all the way from Wolverhampton.

Steve said: “It’s been really enjoyable and everyone is friendly - I’m just drinking a hot chocolate with some brandy added to keep me warm, from the hot chocolate stall.”

READ MORE: Sight impaired woman and guide dog refused ride in Worcester taxi

READ MORE: Residents’ woes at village plans for Rushwick raised at meeting

Reece Prince, who has a stall selling Christmas gifts, said: “First time here and it’s vibrant and busy.

“Our stall is part of Flowers of Worcester - we’ll be back next year.

“The weather is cold but dry today so there’s more people out and about compared to yesterday but there’s a few more days left so we'll see.

"I recon tomorrow will be even busier with people off work”

Mayor or Worcester, cllr Allah Ditta, said: “I’ve just spent four hours walking the length of the fayre twice and chatting to people. "It’s great to see so many fresh faces and lots of new stalls, providing money into the local economy and people enjoying themselves

“Feedback from stall holders has all been positive and one or two visitors have stopped me to say how well it’s gone.

"We hope it will be back again next year."

This year marks the 27th the festival has been held and around 100,000 visitors come over the four days the festival is held over.

Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre ends on Sunday, December 1.