Mosgiel market patrons undeterred by downpour

A stallholder drenched in a downpour at the Mosgiel Christmas market day yesterday was impressed when members of the public helped move her goods to safety.

Numbers were down on last year, but several hundred attended the Mosgiel Business Association's annual Christmas market.

Dunedin woman Sharleen Rae set up her craft stall beneath a large tree, before a downpour hit just after 11am. Aided by onlookers, she shifted to the other side of the street, under a veranda.

''I got soaked, but I'm having fun. Despite the rain, people have been generous and friendly. It's a good atmosphere,'' Ms Rae said.

Mosgiel Business Association committee member Jan-Maree Anderson was pleased the weather eventually cleared, after the wet start. A few stallholders packed up and went home because of it, but many others were happy with their day, she said.

Last year the event had very different weather, temperatures hitting the 30s.

Mrs Anderson said while the heat had been better for turnout, at least people were more likely to buy hot food and coffee when it was cold.


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