THOUSANDS of pounds was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support at the inaugural Rainford Christmas Festival.
Organised by estate agent David Davies, newsagent Chris Houghton, florist Wendy Downey, Councillor David Grice and Joel Wood, of the Rainford Round Table, the event has been hailed “a huge success”.
The Rainford Band played a string of Christmas favourites on Church Road between 10am-1pm on Saturday (December 17) and there was even a chance for local youngsters to see Santa Claus ride into the village on his sleigh!
For the grown-ups, the mulled wine and mince pie stall took some beating. By 12.30pm, it had sold 400 cups of mulled wine and more than 300 mince pies!
Other attractions included a homemade cake stall, a tombola and raffle - with prizes donated by kind-hearted local shopkeepers and businesspeople - and a children’s roundabout, provided by fairground experts Silcocks.
David Davies said: “The festival was an idea that started out as an acorn and ended up growing into a massive oak tree!
“It all started when me and Chris Houghton got together and discussed how it would be nice to have the Rainford Band play some Christmas carols in the village on the Saturday before Christmas. And it all jst snowballed from there.
“It was a fantastic day - there wasn’t a single negative comment to be heard. We’re already looking forward to making sure next year’s event is even bigger and better.”