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Festive fun had by thousands at North End Road traffic-free Christmas market

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Father Christmas at the North End Road traffic-free market on 12 December

Thousands of people were delighted with North End Road’s traffic-free Christmas market this weekend as they packed the road once again – as these vibrant pictures show:

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More than 14,000 market-goers enjoyed the day on Saturday, the second of the road’s festive events this year.

They enjoyed browsing nearly 150 stalls and were entertained by live performers, a funfair and more on 12 December.

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The first traffic-free Christmas market this year was held on Saturday 28 November. They are part of Hammersmith & Fulham council’s drive, together with residents in the North End Road Action Group, to revive this major high street. The Christmas markets follow on the success of  last year’s traffic-free festive market and a summer market in June that attracted 15,000 visitors.

“Once again North End Road was packed with people enjoying everything this vibrant street has to offer,” said Councillor Andrew Jones, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration.

“Not only do these events bring this historic street to life, they are the perfect opportunity for first-time traders to try their hand.

“It’s all part of our drive to regenerate the market, the road and the area for traders, shops and the community.”

Shoppers had a wide range of stalls to peruse, from the familiar fruit and veg to designer clothes, such as Pocket which is joint-owned by Made in Chelsea star Louise Thompson. She officially switched on the road’s Christmas lights at the last event.

Food lovers also had a treat with everything from Greek souvlaki to chocolate brownies on offer to sate a hungry belly.

Thousands of market-goers were kept entertained by a wide range of performers, including the West London Rock Choir, the Fulham Brass Band, Fulham Opera, stilt-walkers, a one man band and much more. Father Christmas was also on hand to hear children’s festive wishes.

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