Sunday 15th was Christmas Market Day in Sydenham. Venner Square and Station Approach were fully occupied by stalls and if trade was slow at the start with the inclement weather it soon got busier so by four o’clock a substantial crowd moved down the road to Queensthorpe Square to the lighting of Sydenham’s Christmas Tree accompanied by a choir, the South African National Anthem as a tribute to Nelson Mandela’s funeral the same day. It was well fortified by mulled wine courtesy of Co-op Funeralcare who also sponsored the tree.
Father Christmas, who I suspect, has a day job nearer here than the North Pole arrived in one of Jonathan Kaufmann’s amazing automobiles from The Remarkable (Mayow) Race of 1913 accompanied by Chief Pixie and Head Fairy.
All in all a much better start to the Sydenham Road festive spirit than in previous years. A tradition to keep and grow?