Richmond Christmas Market declared a success – but help needed for next year

Richmond Christmas Market. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Richmond’s fourth Christmas Market has been declared a success.

Organisers say the event attracted more people and featured more stalls and entertainment than in previous years.

Dennis Graves, from the organising team, said the pedestrianisation of the Market Place worked well and allowed people to mingle without worrying about the traffic.

Dennis also welcomed the involvement of Lidl who donated 300 chocolate gifts for children and had a stall giving out free mince pies.

This year there were demonstrations in the Fleece, which Dennis said were popular.

He said: “The Army also gave us a lot of support which was great.

“The weather was kind to us and overall it went better than we could have hoped for.”

Despite the success, Dennis said more helpers were needed in the future to ensure the event was sustainable.

“The market is organised by just four people who all have full-time jobs and families, and it would be great if in the New Year when we start thinking about next year’s event if we could have some more volunteers with different skills helping out.”

To volunteer, contact Dennis by email a