A CHRISTMAS fair in Masham was such a success organisers have already named the day for next year's event.

Based on an original Victorian Fair held for over 25 years in the town, shopkeepers and traders backed this year’s event with seasonal market stalls and craft stalls.

Many local shops ran competitions with a range of excellent prizes, the proceeds of which were donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Prizes were also given for the best dressed shop window, inside stall and outside stalls.

A highlight of the day was the arrival of Santa Claus, touring in an open topped sports car, before arriving at the School Hall where he gave each youngster a small gift and took orders for Christmas Eve.

In the evening a torch lit procession was held through the Market Place with carol singing, mulled wine and mince pies sold to support Christian Aid Projects.

Next year’s fair will be held on Saturday, December 7, with several new events organised to run alongside existing celebrations to promote the town.