A Christmas market launched by Swinton pub The Morning Star was a great success at the weekend.

The event was raising money for charities supported by its pub chain Joseph Holts and allowing local businesses to sell their wares.

The markets were bustling with local people who, despite the weather, turned out in force to support the Joseph Holt pub.

The markets had an outdoor bar, mulled wine stalls, and head chef, Andy Miller put on a hog roast, hot dogs, burgers and Yorkshire pudding wraps.

During the pandemic, small businesses were hit incredibly hard, and they were not able to get out and sell. Here, local businesses were invited to come and hold a stall, which ranged from wax melt stands, homemade Christmas decorations, to hand knitted jumpers, and scarves.

Landlady Sarah Brooks said: “It was really important for us to hold an event like this. Last Christmas we weren’t open, so this year we wanted to go all out.

“It is a shame about the weather, as the fire breather and stilt walkers had to cancel, but we have still been overwhelmed with the all of the local people coming down to support us.”

Charities supported were Lucie’s Pantry (Salford), Porch Boxes (Whitefield/Bury/Radcliffe), Stockport Food Bank, Mustard Tree (Manchester), Compassion Acts (Southport) and Atherton and Leigh Foodbank.

A brass band accompanied the markets, and gave everyone a song to sing along to while getting into the Christmas spirit.

The Morning Star has hosted numerous Christmas events this year to bring some Christmas cheer, it held breakfast with Santa mornings, Christmas quizzes, and pensioners’ Christmas parties.

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