Barnstaple Mayor goes up in the world

Joseph Bulmer

Cllr Roome and his charities are given a lift at traditional Christmas market

BARNSTAPLE Pannier Market gave shoppers – and ITV Westcountry viewers – a glimpse of Christmas past last night (Thursday).

Festivities from the town’s traditional Victorian fair, part of Barnstaple’s late night shopping entertainment schedule, were beamed live on the nightly regional news programme.

Organisers did their best to distract weathergirl Kate Reeves with some artificial snow while town council carol singers, and traditionally dressed stall holders helped to create a cosy market atmosphere.

Proceeds from the event will help boost charities being championed by the Barnstaple Mayor Ian Roome and the Mayor was given a lift himself courtesy of a couple of Victorian strongmen.

“It was a fantastic Christmas event and the public spirit was excellent,” said Cllr Roome.