Thousands turn out in winter showers to enjoy Dickensian

Thousands defy winter showers to enjoy Dickensian

Ulverston’s Dickensian Festival made for a cracking start to Christmas -  once again attracting tens of thousands of people over the weekend who braved chilly temperatures and occasional showers to stroll among the stalls packing the cobbled streets.

Local traders entered into the spirit of the event and welcomed the shoppers with open arms; Irvine’s butchers in Market Street reported good business with a hog roast outside their shop satisfying hungry shoppers.

The also had the chance to meet characters that looked as though they stepped straight out of one of Dickens’ stories.  The Dickensian parade on Saturday was one of the best in recent years with everyone from toffs to urchins walking side by side in the wake of Queen Victoria herself – rolling along in stately style in a bath chair.  The Festival also saw the official switch on of the Ulverston Christmas lights funded by the Ulverston Business Improvement District.


Completely crackers – Dickensian shopper Andrea Fox took time out to join the fun with Gary Gifford and Neil Fisher from the Bread and Butter Theatre Company who entertained shoppers over the weekend with their crazy antics.
There’s nothing quite like a glass of mulled wine to warm up a wintry day.
James Presman – tickling appetites at the Dickensian with roasted almonds and cashews
Carols from Canada; a group of Canadian students from a retreat in Carnforth brought tuneful festive cheer to the Dickensian Festival (left to right)  Michaela Pallante, Anna Blake, Abigail Bender, Jenna Allison, Maddie Wagner, and Emily Barkey.
Always a favourite with visitors to South Cumbria, the Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding stall was doing brisk business over the weekend with Jo Tell and Max Quentin selling regular and Christmas puddings.
Staunch Ulverstonians Iain and Jill Raven and their children Louisa and Annie braved a cold damp day to take their Sunday afternoon constitutional in style.
Taking a break while running the Ulverston Rotary Club Tombola, Sarah Holme and young Thaddeus join Ulverston stalwart Ralph Spours for a well-earned rest from fund-raising.

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