ROPLEY’S annual Victorian Christmas market was deemed a “huge success” by organisers again this year, with many of the stallholders making a real effort to dress in period costume.

The village hall was beautifully decorated for the occasion and there was a long queue of excited children waiting to ride on the special Mini Santa Express, driven by Alexander Williams and Serge Wynne, who were granted a special train driver’s licence for the evening, to see Father Christmas in his magical grotto.

And they were well looked after by three of Santa’s special elves – Hazel Earthy, Sophie Leffers-Smith and Sophie Rugg, who all looked the part.

The great variety of items on offer from the stal holders made the task of Christmas shopping so much easier for everyone, according to one of the organisers.

Mulled wine and mince pies were served throughout the evening and a Christmas raffle ensured that there were plenty of chances to win a prize.

The local Brownies provided another highlight of a successful community event with their beautiful carol singing, putting everyone in the festive spirit.

Ropley fayre committee member Norma Day said: “This is a non-profit making event run by the committee with the aim of bringing Christmas festivities and fun to the whole village.”