Muppets for the win and not a Scrooge in sight at Royston Christmas Fayre

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:40 14 December 2015

Robin and Jack Draper with Boars head landlady, Alison Brazier  and Avril Dogworth of Barley, raising money for Heathlands Animal shelter with their home made cakes. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

Robin and Jack Draper with Boars head landlady, Alison Brazier and Avril Dogworth of Barley, raising money for Heathlands Animal shelter with their home made cakes. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

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Royston was buzzing on Saturday with the throng of eager punters at the annual Christmas fair.

Laura Whitford (left) - with Sharon Windebank and Lisa Thompson from the Royston Means Business committee - won the best dressed window competition hosted by Royston Means Business. PICTURE: Lisa Stanway.Laura Whitford (left) - with Sharon Windebank and Lisa Thompson from the Royston Means Business committee - won the best dressed window competition hosted by Royston Means Business. PICTURE: Lisa Stanway.

There were more than 30 stallholders selling gifts, decorations and foods, including a handmade cake stall hosted by The Boar’s Head pub.

Having a go on the Lions Lucky Dip stall, Hollie Sartini with mother, Margaret. Jennnifer and Keith Collard were assisting their Club to raise money for Homestart, which helps under privileged families. PICTURE: Clive Porter.Having a go on the Lions Lucky Dip stall, Hollie Sartini with mother, Margaret. Jennnifer and Keith Collard were assisting their Club to raise money for Homestart, which helps under privileged families. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

The cake sales raised £130 for the pub’s charity of the year – Heathlands Animal Sanctuary – and landlord Matthew Brazier said: “There was a great atmosphere. There were tremendous winds which blew some stalls over but everyone was in really good spirits.”

The GuySing group assisted in promoting the spirit of Christmas. PICTURE: Clive Porter.The GuySing group assisted in promoting the spirit of Christmas. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

Royston Community Health handed out free mistletoe for those in the mood to pucker up, and tweeted: “Excellent Royston fair, very windy, the tent blew away several times, chatted to lots of people, great community support.”

Royston Town Band entertain the crowds during Royston Christmas Fayre. PICTURE: Clive Porter.Royston Town Band entertain the crowds during Royston Christmas Fayre. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

The winner of the Royston Means Business shopholders’ window competition was also announced at the fair, which saw Melbourn craft shop No.3 claim first prize for its popular Muppet Christmas Carol display. Shop owner Laura Whitford said: “Most of our Muppets came from the crafters and the very talented Georgina Keating made them all costumes and created the window for us. We’re over the moon to have won.”

Lisa Thompson and Sharon Windebank. PICTURE: Clive Porter.Lisa Thompson and Sharon Windebank. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

Royston Means Business committee members Sharon Windebank and Lisa Thompson said: “There were a lot of retailers who took part in the competition but Laura had made such an effort to make her window stand out above all with the ‘Christmas Movie themed message’ in bringing The Muppet Movie to Royston.

“We had various other windows including The Snowman, Frozen, Toy Soldiers, It’s a Wonderful Life, Pingu to name a few and lots of windows have a Christmas themed window bringing lots of festiveness to the street.”

There was also a Punch and Judy show and plenty of performances from local choirs and bands.

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