A feast of fun at Festive Friday in Axminster

Axminster Lions' Club Santa's elves at Festive Friday (l to r) Stelle Brightmoon, Martin Maynard, D

Axminster Lions' Club Santa's elves at Festive Friday (l to r) Stelle Brightmoon, Martin Maynard, Debs Gosling. Picture: CHRIS CARSON - Credit: Archant

Town turns out in force to begin its Yuletide celebrations

The HALFF fundraising team at the recent Festive Friday (l to r) Helen Phillips, Sarah Johnson, Abi

The HALFF fundraising team at the recent Festive Friday (l to r) Helen Phillips, Sarah Johnson, Abi Phillips, Kate Handley and Bev Love. Picture: Chris Carson - Credit: Archant

Crowds packed Axminster Town centre to enjoy an action packed evening on “Festive Friday”.

Amelia Speers, James Windsor, Jack Price and Jess Richards. Picture: CHRIS CASON

Amelia Speers, James Windsor, Jack Price and Jess Richards. Picture: CHRIS CASON - Credit: Archant

Lord of the Manor Jim Rowe with Axminster Town Crier Nick Goodwin. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Lord of the Manor Jim Rowe with Axminster Town Crier Nick Goodwin. Picture: CHRIS CARSON - Credit: Archant

Axminster Inner Wheel Club members sevring up hot soup ( L to R) Christine Banner; Kathy Brennan;

Axminster Inner Wheel Club members sevring up hot soup ( L to R) Christine Banner; Kathy Brennan; Sandra Shefferd; Angela King; Nicola Creek; and Marjorie Styles. Picture: CHRIS CARSON - Credit: Archant

Organised by the town’s Rotary club the event was opened by Mayor Paul Hayward.

Axminster Rotary Club's Festive Friday team of organsiers. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Axminster Rotary Club's Festive Friday team of organsiers. Picture: CHRIS CARSON - Credit: Archant

The Hawkchurch Primary School team fundrasing at Festive Fridayt. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

The Hawkchurch Primary School team fundrasing at Festive Fridayt. Picture: CHRIS CARSON - Credit: Archant

Town Crier Nick Goodwin read a special festive cry to begin proceedings and the MC for the night was town councillor Mervyn Symes.

Highlight of the evening was the arrival of Father Christmas courtesy of Axminster Lions Club and its band of elves.


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Entertainment included the singing of Christmas carols with the Lyme Regis Town Band and the Minster Choir and a performance by the Karizma Majorettes.

Many local organisations ran fundraising stalls offering Christmas gifts and there was plenty to eat and drink, with a barbecue and welcome hot soup being served by members of the Inner Wheel.

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