Roman Road Christmas Fair went off with a big festive boom and attracted 5,000 people who came to enjoy themselves and sample all the local delights on offer.

Local businesses Vinarius, Roasticini, G. Kelly and The Coffee Room provided food and drink. Some of Santa’s star prizes were donated by Roman Road businesses including Café Creme, Snap, The Inci Food Centre, Sweet Treats and Solinka Deli.

Residents at local elderly homes, including Appian Court, Ruth Court, Regency Court, Lawrence Close, Vic Johnson House, Donnybrook Court and Hawthorn Court helped wrap the presents for Santa’s bag. Left over gifts were donated to Bow Foodbank.

The live Christmas music was brought to you by local choirs, singers and players including Chisenhale Primary School Choir; local chanteuse Clare Burnage; The Women Sing East choir, members of Anna Fiorentini Drama School‘s talented Performance Troupe; Olga Primary School Choir; the Woodcraft Folk‘s brand new Ceilidh Band, The Milk Krates; Roman Road Adventure Playground and The Big Sing choir .

Homemade decorations were made by children at Malmesbury and Chisenhale Primary Schools. Phoenix School and Mulberry School for Girls loaned a variety of festive outfits to up the Christmas ante as well as three live elves from Central Foundation Girls School, all members of the Tower Hamlets Youth Council.

Before entering Santa’s grotto the children passed through a replica of the historic Clara Grant’s arch, lovingly created for us by a talented teacher at the Clara Grant Primary School.

Santa’s grotto itself was created in the Interact Hub by local party stylist Froufroudays and the letters to Santa was run by local Claire Medcalfe of the Letter Lounge. The craft tent was jointly run and resourced by East End Church.