Christmas comes to County Road

By Amy Farnworth

A CHRISTMAS Market is coming to the Tesco Metro on County Road in Walton on Friday 1st December.

The event, called, ‘County Christmas’ will be hosted by local community groups, Love Walton C.I.C and Walton Youth Project, and will aim to spread some Christmas cheer, breed some positivity, and instil some community spirit into the local area.

Love Walton C.I.C and Walton Youth Project have collaborated with several different organisations and businesses to bring various stalls to the market and get people shopping locally.

There will be craft and gift stalls such as Sarah Darcey’s Delight; food and drinks stalls; and a Christmas Grotto is going to be created by members of the Walton Youth Project.

Visiting children will get to see Santa and will receive a free selection box provided by local councillors.

Starting at 9am, the County Christmas market will run until 4:30pm with plenty to get involved with throughout the day.

Maureen Delahunty-Kehoe who is the main organiser of the event said: “The Christmas tree and lights on County Road will be switched on at 4pm and St. Francis de Sales choir will be singing carols.”

There will be an autism awareness stall with Disney princesses and characters, and Everton in the community will also have a stall at the market where they’ll be offering information about their free events and activities in the community hub.

They will also be providing face painting for all those who really want to get stuck in with the festive spirit.

The Doh Hut will be attending, selling Hot Donuts, Shmoo Milkshakes, Candy Floss and a special Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows, which is not to be missed!

Maureen, who also puts forward other community projects through the Love Walton group, said the whole aim of what she’s doing with these various projects is to create some positive publicity for the area, as well as encouraging people to take some pride in the place.

She said: “We had a dance show and music last year so we may have that again this year but we are still finalising it so watch this space!”

On Saturday 2nd Dec, Maureen and the community groups will move the grotto to Spellow library where they will hold an event for small business after Barclays Bank recently closed their Walton branch.

The Credit Union will be in attendance to help people open accounts, and there will be business mentors on hand to provide information and advice.

For more information on any of these events, head to the Love Walton C.I.C Facebook page.