THE MAYOR of Worcester and the MP for Worcester both enjoyed a ride on the Worcester Victorian Fayre's traditional carousel this evening - after declaring the event officially open.

Cllr Louis Stephen, Mayor of Worcester, and Robin Walker MP, posed for pictures on the traditional carousel at the Worceste Victorian Christmas Fayre's opening ceremony.

Although the Fayre opened at 12pm on Thursday, November 30, a ceremony was held between 5.30pm and 6pm.

A procession made its way from Worcester Cathedral to Cornmarket, where crowds had gathered to attend the opening ceremony.

The Salvation Army band serenaded the crowds with festive classics and street vendors were busy selling gifts and an array of food and drinks.

Stilt-wlakers dazzled the crowds with juggling, and also handed out hymn sheets for those attending opening ceremony.

The procession included prominent members of Worcester City and Worcestershire County Council's, who joined the crowd singing hymns.

Cllr Louis Stephen, the Mayor of Worcester, officially declared the Fayre open after he gave a speech to the crowds in attendance.

He said: "It's a great honour to welcome you to Worcester for the Victorian Christmas Fayre. We are proud to say that this is the 31st year of the Fayre, and through all that time, it has remained a superb showcase for our city, its many fantastic business, and our wonderful heritage.

"More than 100,000 people will visit Worcester over the next four days, to enjoy one of the most prestigious street fayres in the Midlands.

"This event is an important one in the city's calendar and contributes an estimated seven million pounds to our local economy each year - with the majority being spent in our city centre's shops and restaurants. So, long may the Victorian Fayre continue.

"Whether this is your first, or your 31st time at the Fayre, I wish you an enjoyable and happy visit to Worcester - and of course, a very merry Christmas."

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After the Mayor's speech, the council dignitaries made their way to the carousel for a ride and for pictures.

Worcester's Victorian Christmas Fayre is being held over four days, from Thursday, November 30 to Sunday, December 3.