THOUSANDS flocked to the Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre over the weekend.

Saturday proved to be a very cold day but the fayre was jam-packed with visitors, braving the weather to spend a few hours looking around at the stalls.

Stall holder Veronika Posk, 42, who travelled from Stratford-Upon-Avon, in Warwickshire, said: “This is my third year of trading my art work here in Worcester and the atmosphere here is always really good and I’ve had a warm response from the locals.”

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Dan Coles, from Malvern, who was selling scarves, said: “The first day was quiet as the coaches came during the middle of the day and drop people at the other end, up near Cathedral Square so those stalls get more people looking.

“It’s slower than usual - it’s my third year here.”

Celia and Bill Kimberley, have a candy floss stall and live in Worcester.

Celia said: “Things are going really well and I think it’s well organised.

Bill said: "Not as busy as previous years and it’s quiet today - it could be the location of the stall on the outside of the main fayre.

Shopper, Thomas Mccormack, 54, from Hereford, said: “ The food at the stalls on offer is good.

I’ve just had a hot chocolate to keep warm and a pork roll, really nice good but not keen on this weather.”

High streets stores also appeared busy, as members of the public visiting the fayre stocked up on Christmas gifts at the big name retailers.

However, long queues were seen outside cafes and restaurants.

Mayor of Worcester, cllr Allah Ditta, said: “It’s great to see so many fresh faces and lots of new stalls, providing money into the local economy and people enjoying themselves, supporting small businesses.

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

Around 200 stalls lined the city’s streets between Thursday November 28 to Sunday December 1 and the event regularly attracts around 100,000 visitors each year across the four days, contributing around £7million to the local economy.

It is one of the highlights of Worcester’s festive calender.

Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre ended yesterday and plans are already underway for next year’s event for the 28th time, according to organisers.