Braintree: Visitors brave gusts and rain for Helen Rollason Christmas fayre

Braintree and Witham Times: Lily and Shay Williamson with Cliff Collins and one of his reindeer Lily and Shay Williamson with Cliff Collins and one of his reindeer

Christmas came to Cressing Temple - and even strong gusts and rain failed to deter shoppers and stallholders.

Thousands of people attended the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity's Christmas food and craft fayre at the weekend.

Angela Lodge, head of fundraising, said: "It was horrendous weather on Saturday but we had almost 2,000 people.

"It was very, very wet but I was astounded at how many people came out.

"A couple of marquees were blown down overnight but we got everybody trading again on Sunday."

Wiliam and Harry the reindeer and Father Christmas were a big draw for the children and there was music from Funky Voices and Rock Choir.

The first Christmas fayre last year raised more than £16,000.

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