By Chris Madden firstname.lastname@example.org
THE most wonderful time of the year touched down in Merstham as the town wound back the clock for the evening.
Shoppers and traders donned Dickensian garb for their now annual Christmas event last Wednesday, with the High Street becoming alive with snow and carol singing.
Traders donned period garb for the evening, like Simon Bond of RT Gallery pictured here reks20120512g
As everyone tucked into mulled wine and mince pies, generous revellers dipped into their pockets to put money into the collection boxes for Cancer Research UK.
Julie Bond, of the RT Gallery, said: "The evening was fabulous.
"We had a really Christmassy spirit going on, there was a good festive feeling.
"People were very generous; our fundraising buckets were pretty full."
Merstham Primary School choir sang carols as children queued to meet Father Christmas in his grotto, and the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, councillor Roger Newstead, joined in the festivities.
Organiser Jacqui Wills thanked sponsors Shanley Homes, Bellway Homes and The Feathers pub.
"The school did a fantastic job singing," she added. "We wanted to open the High Street up to more people and I think we did."
The traders have sent off the money to the charity and are waiting for the final total to be confirmed, but hope it will be about £500. A festive raffle with prizes, including a computer, ran through the evening. The winner will be drawn tomorrow and tickets are still available from Newton Violins in High Street, Merstham.
Councillor Frank Kelly was attending the event for the first time. He said: "It was lovely to see so many shopkeepers getting involved in this event."
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