Christmas Market opens despite the weather
On Friday 18th December 2009, Longfield Country market was looking forward to a bumper Christmas Market. Father Christmas was coming, orders had been taken for Christmas cakes and puddings, sausage rolls and mince pies. On the Thursday evening a bitterly cold wind was blowing off the North Sea and by 8pm snow flakes had begun to fall. By morning a blanket of snow, 6 - 8 inches deep covered the whole of North Kent. The authorities had been taken by surprise and most of the roads were impassable especially on the hills. The snow ploughs were out but even they were having difficulty shifting the snow.
Despite the difficulties faced by both producers and customers alike all the orders were collected. The Hall was warm and plenty of hot drinks were available. A tribute should be made to all of the shareholders some of whom walked miles to ensure that the market was open and that everyone had their goods for Christmas. A big thank you to all of our loyal customers who also braved the elements, most of whom walked down to buy and collect their goods.
Not our usual bustling Christmas Market but a least we were open! A day to remember.
Father Christmas Visits
Customers arriving at Longfield Country Market on Friday 15th December 2006 had a surprise when they were greeted by Father Christmas at the door. All customers were given a raffle ticket as entry to a free draw. Ten lucky customers went away with an extra parcel from the Market as a thank you from the Market to their loyal customers.
However, customers had really arrived to collect their orders which included Christmas cakes, Christmas puddings, mince pies and boxes of fruit. There were also bunches of Holly and seasonal bulbs on sale. To compliment the season the tea tables had special flower decorations on them and the stallholders had decorated both themselves and their stalls.
Longfield has a reputation for being an excellent Market and on Friday a lot of customers went away very happy. In addition to the special Christmas items mentioned customers could buy seasonal vegetables and order their festive requirements from the meat counter. The Craft stand had put on a very attractive display of Christmas goods and gifts. The preserve stall offers Christmas gifts in the form of towers or boxes but most popular are the jars of home-made preserves. Jam is made the old fashioned way from just fruit and sugar with no added preservatives.
Longfield Market is worth a visit at any time of the year but at Christmas it is just a little bit more special with or without the special visitor of Father Christmas.