THERE were more coachloads of visitors coming to Worcester to spend time at the city’s annual Victorian Christmas Fayre last year, than there were stall holders.

The nearly 200 stalls lining the High Street were outnumbered by the 206 coaches bringing visitors from far and wide.

They combined with shoppers and trippers from closer by to ensure that 150,000 people visited the fayre during its four days at the end of November and the start of December, bringing record business for some stallholders.

Worcester City Council which brings the fayre to the city reckon that every year it gives a £7m boost to its economy.

Helen Mole, Worcester City Council economic development officer and one of the organisers of the fayre, said: “We are really pleased with the success of the 25th Victorian Christmas Fayre – it’s grown and developed over the last quarter century and is now an essential part of the West Midlands’ festive calendar.

“I want to thank the many members of the public who have contacted us with some great feedback about how much they enjoyed the high-quality stalls, the Victorian atmosphere and the great entertainment over the four days.

The event is owned and run by LSD promotions, based in Stourbridge.

Its managing director Dermot McGillicuddy said that there were a number of new stallholders at Worcester this year and that they definitely want to come back.

He said: “Trader feedback from the stalls was excellent with a number reporting record trade over the four days. There were a number of new traders this year who were excited to be part of the Fayre and they were not disappointed with a good number asking to be part of the event in 2018 already.

“The weather was essentially good which always helps but the teamwork between all the agencies delivering the event was exceptional and provided the framework for the thousands of attendees to enjoy the Fayre in a safe family environment.

“I would like to commend the traders for going the extra mile with stall decor and some really excellent Victorian outfits. It is a great occasion for the city, so many visitors now make an it a must do annual visit.”

The fayre for 2018 has already been booked and it will take place between November 29 and December 2