Thousands enjoy Hook Christmas Cracker

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THOUSANDS of revellers flocked to Hook to enjoy the annual Christmas Cracker celebrations.

The event, which took place in the village last Saturday, saw visitors treated to an array of entertainment including performances from the Basingstoke Rock Choir, Hook Junior Choir and bands Summer Project and Type 2.

Station Road had to be partially closed to make way for the event as Father Christmas arrived in a vintage fire engine.

Those in attendance were also treated to a petting zoo with animals from Miller’s Ark Animals at the Raven Hotel, a fire juggler and a range of Christmas market stalls selling food, crafts and other festive gifts.

The event really kicks off the festive season in Hook, and it pulled in the crowds despite the drizzle.

Amy and Lee Haddock, from Mattingley, brought along their children, seven-year-old Max and two-year-old Sienna.

Amy told The Gazette: “It has been a really good event. We just came past and didn’t realise it was on and stopped. It has been brilliant, and the children are loving it.”

Mike Morris, one of the event organisers, was pleased with how the Christmas Cracker went, adding: “This is bringing the community together. It is great to see the kids out tonight.”

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