A Chester community celebrated Christmas in style at a city church.
The Garden Quarter Christmas Market was held in the Victorian surroundings of St Thomas’ Church on Parkgate Road, Chester.
Cabaret impresario Neil Kendall opened the market by cutting a ribbon and the children from Chester Blue Coat Primary School popped their party poppers and then sang carols
There were dozens of specialist stalls, a bistro offering festive fayre and a round the clock programme of Christmas entertainment including University of Chester bands, children’s choirs and Victorian storytelling.
Four Spanish students from the University of Chester enthralled the audience when they sang Spanish Christmas carols.
Co-chair of the Garden Quarter Association Matt Baker said: “This event has grown massively from year to year. We are in a very diverse corner of the city, and we aim to embrace people of all ages, children, students and our more senior members in this event.”
Father Stephen added: “This was an amazing event. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone that has worked around the clock to make it look so lovely. There were some wonderful raffle prizes, incredibly talented performers and a really hard-working and gifted community.”
The event raised £2,500 to be shared between the church and the community.