Christmas spirit arrives early

Whether it was reindeer trinkets or toy boats, Nelson had an early taste of Christmas last night.

Nelson's Christ Church Cathedral held its Fabulous Festive Cathedral Fair on Church Hill, a fundraiser for the church.

There were Christmas gifts, decorations, cards, cakes, produce and plants, bric-a-brac, and a sausage sizzle.

Stallholder Audrie Gill said the evening had gone well, with a big crowd, nice weather, and a strong Christmas spirit.

Her stall had sold Christmas toys and trinkets, such as miniature Christmas trees, reindeer and boats, all hand-made by her and her family during the past few months.

"During the day I would be cutting out things, in the evening sitting and watching TV and embroidering away.

"It was all for the cathedral coffers, of course, but we all enjoyed doing it."

Her stall proved so popular that one customer even bought the bunting she used as decoration. "I thought, why not?"

The evening had been very successful, and she thought a lot of money had been raised for the cathedral, she said.

"It was a big community effort."

The Nelson Mail