Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre is expected to have brought more than 100,000 visitors to the city centre.

The annual event was opened last Thursday (November 30) by mayor Louis Stephen and MP Robin Walker following a procession from Worcester Cathedral to Cornmarket.

More than 200 stalls filled the city centre for four days, selling locally sourced food and drink, handmade gift items and more.

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Crowds were kept entertained by musicians, carol singers, school choirs, buskers and street entertainers and of course, it wouldn’t be the Victorian Fayre without the fun fair and carousel.

“There was a huge crowd for the opening ceremony and the fayre was busy on the first day, it was quite amazing,” said Cllr Stephen, who rode the carousel during the opening event.

“I spoke to several stall holders who said they were doing very well, even at the craft fayre in the Guildhall there were some who had run out of stock, which is a good sign.

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“Most of these are local businesses and they all seemed to be doing very well.

“It was quite cold but still people came out - it is a big thing for the city.

“In total it is expected to bring 100,000 visitors to Worcester and it brings £7 million into the city’s economy. It is a big thing for the vibrancy of our local businesses and gives a real boost to cafes and restaurants.”

Cllr Stephen said he also enjoyed the festive atmosphere the fayre brings to Worcester - and that it really kicks off the Christmas season in the city.

“Now we can all start wearing our Christmas jumpers and enjoying mince pies,” he added.

During the fayre, Worcester Learning Zone opened its sensory room and calm garden for people to use for free should young visitors be in need of some calm.

And Worcester BID (Business Improvement District) took the chance to promote Small Business Saturday, which fell on the third day of the fayre, giving the perfect chance to promote both local businesses with stalls and others around the city centre.