LLANFYLLIN Christmas Market once again proved a hit with traders and visitors.

There were large crowds looking for festive bargains and entertainment at the second annual event, held in the town centre and Llanfyllin Workhouse on Friday.

Mayor of Llanfyllin, Councillor Simon Baynes, said: "I would like to thank the organisers - particularly Cllrs Josie Ewing and David Goodman - the stall holders, the many hundreds of visitors, our local shops, pubs and restaurants, St Myllin’s Church with its Christmas tree festival and bell ringers and Y Dolydd Llanfyllin Workhouse with its amazing Santa’s Grotto, created by Richard Dix, visited by over 100 children (and Glyn Evans with the six Workhouse elves)."

Cllr Baynes also thanked those who helped with parking which proved a busy job given the high attendance at the event, which was held on Friday (November 30).

Cllr Goodman said: "We all greatly enjoyed the singers, musicians and dancers, particularly from Llanfyllin Primary and High Schools, Derwen College and Llanfechain School.

"Artists abounded whether it be the school children who made decorations for the Christmas tree, exhibitors on the stalls or the beautiful First World War commemorations in the Youth Club by the Library."

He added that fire performers, Tim Littleford and Matt Thompson, were also a big hit.

Cllr Ewing said: "As town councillor and a trustee of the Llanfyllin Workhouse, I was particularly keen to ensure that the Workhouse was fully involved in the event. This was helped in a major way by Tanat Valley Coaches providing the bus for free between the town and the Workhouse and by Darren Mayor for driving it all evening.

"Last, but by no means least, we are very grateful to Richard Lloyd for donating the magnificent Christmas tree in the square and to Charlie Evans and Spirit the unicorn who switched on the Christmas tree lights.”