11:19 Monday 16 December 2013

All the fun of the fair as Cracker Night is success

Written byJENNY MOODY

TOWNSFOLK were once again out in force to celebrate one of the most popular nights in Uttoxeter’s calendar.

Uttoxeter Lions Club’s annual Cracker Night welcomed more residents than usual in to the town centre as it raised thousands of pounds for local charities

Attractions throughout the night included white knuckle rides, a space simulator and a Ferris wheel with Father Christmas proudly stationed in his traditional grotto in the town hall.

Street entertainers braved the cold to entertain the crowds with Uttoxeter Town Brass Band playing carols and the Heart of Oak Morris Men performed their traditional, often violent, dances for the last time before Christmas.

A spokesman for the Uttoxeter Lions said: “There were definitely bigger crowds than in most years recently.

“The mild weather was obviously a factor, although it rained from about 9pm which was no bad thing as it helped clear the streets.

“There seemed to be more street entertainment than usual – everything from fire-eaters to a walking Christmas tree.”

The prizes for the best dressed shop windows went to the Vintage Tea Emporium and Ali Marsh, of the Newlife children’s charity.

Simon Smith, president of Uttoxeter Lions Club, in a thank-you message to club members, said: “I hope that everybody who helped out has recovered from a long, but very successful day.

“The weather was kind and the crowds seemed to be back to the levels of a few years ago.

“The local dignitaries were very complimentary of our efforts, while the Mayor of Stone was very impressed by the event as ‘we don’t have anything like this in our town’

“Thanks to everybody concerned.

“Another great event for the town and the Uttoxeter Lions.

“Long may it continue.”

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