Campbeltown’s Christmas market merriment

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Springbank Distillery’s malt barn was filled to the rafters with crafty creations, festive merchandise and delectable cuisine as Explore Campbeltown’s Christmas market came to town.

An astounding array of products from cushions, flowers, jewellery, art and wooden gifts, to hair products, clothing, whisky, gin and edible gifts were available on Sunday, the majority of which was made in Kintyre.

Hordes of people crowded into the distillery and made their way round the festive stalls under twinkly fairy lights, as Campbeltown Grammar School students Alex Wotherspoon, Denise Megson and Hope Strang sang Christmas songs, accompanied by music teacher James Murdoch on guitar.

Members of Campbeltown Brass played a variety of carols to keep the merriment at the market, organised by Explore Campbeltown, going.

Upstairs, below hanging Christmas present decorations, hot food and drink, and rows of tables and chairs awaited those who’d finished shopping and needed warming up.

Nearby, there were long queues of children patiently waiting to get their faces painted, with many choosing unicorns, rainbows, reindeer and Santas.

Even Santa and two of his elves took time out of their busy Christmas Eve preparations to make a special appearance on the day, meeting children in the grotto to hear what they would like for Christmas.

Singers Alex Wotherspoon, Denise Megson and Hope Strang kept the crowd entertained. 50_c48market01_singers

Niamh and Hayley Baxter ran Fresh Connection’s stall, containing many gifts. 50_c48market02_fresh connection

Louise Dott and Nicola Thomson worked hard selling products for CGS4Gambia. 50_c48market07_cgs4gambia

Volunteers Sue Morgan and Hilary Lord sold a treasure trove of nautical-themed gifts at the RNLI stand. 50_c48market08_rnli

The Wee Toon Sports stall, manned by Nicola Blackstock and Kathleen McMillan, sold a range of festive football and rugby balls. 50_c48market10_wee toon sports

The McIvors flower shop stall was very verdant and bright. 50_c48market14_mcivors

Three-year-old Lucy Carey told Santa and his elves what she hopes to get for Christmas. 50_c48market17_santa’s grotto

Face paints transformed Shaun Borthwick, four, into Santa. 50_c48market18_face painted

Members of Campbeltown Brass, which retained its preparatory and novice section titles at the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships in Perth the day before, Amy Paterson, Kirsten Souter, Hannah McCaig, Suen Yee Walker, Murray Ralston, Scott MacAlister, Caius Walker and Beth McPherson, took a turn to entertain the crowd. 50_c48market19_brass band