Victorian fair returns to Otley

A popular Christmas fair celebrated a milestone in its history today.

Otley Victorian Fair and Christmas Market. Picture by Simon Hulme
Otley Victorian Fair and Christmas Market. Picture by Simon Hulme

The weather eased off just in time for the crowds to pack into Otley for the 30th annual Victorian Fair and Christmas Market, which had more stalls than ever groaning with an array of Christmas goodies, and some of the stallholders in Victorian dress.

There were performances from local schools, dance groups and bell-ringing groups and for children, Punch and Judy shows, traditional fairground rides, as well as the Lion’s Santa’s grotto.

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Otley Mayor Philip Bye and his wife Susan.
Dressed in Victorian Police uniforms are Stephen Holt (left) and Tony Wheatcroft.
'Nelly' the dog pictured at the fair.
Santa pictured with Emily Wilson aged 3 and James Sigsworth-Moore aged 8