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Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre enjoys record-breaking footfall

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Record-breaking footfall was recorded during the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre.

The Our Bury St Edmunds footfall camera in Abbeygate Street was activated 202,799 times over the four- day event.

Chief executive Mark Cordell said footfall for each day was the highest recorded since 2015 when the fayre was extended to four days – with attendance on last year up by just over 10 per cent for the whole event.

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019. Picture: Mecha Morton
Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019. Picture: Mecha Morton

The camera is activated every time someone walks by it and event organiser West Suffolk Council previously said the fayre attracted about 130,000 people over the four days.

Mr Cordell said the authority had managed the event ‘very well’ and the general consensus was there were ‘more people, more benefits, less hassle’.

“One business took in a weekend what they would normally take in the month of January,” he said.

“There were a number of people who said takings were up this year.

“I’m not saying it’s brilliant for everyone but the level of benefits this year appears to be greater than ever before.”

Mr Cordell said previous feedback about the fayre included it being ‘so
busy’ visitors were unable to walk around and stop at the businesses or stalls but there appeared to be a ‘more even distribution of the people’ this year.

He added that he will formally ask members for feedback next week to pass on to the council but hadn’t received any complaints about the event.

Footfall for the Thursday was 32,699, 52,863 on Friday, 69,625 on Saturday and 47,612 on Sunday.