It's late night Christmas shopping on Hayling Island on 2 December

I was looking back on this blog for a previous entry about the Christmas late night shopping evening on Hayling Island and came across one I'd written in 2007.  (I can't believe it was that long ago). In 2007 I wrote "the hurricane winds of Thursday night abated, the torrential downpour ceased, the stars even came out and it was a fresh, cold night. It felt like Christmas and it was Christmas on Hayling Island. It was a perfect evening for our late night Christmas shopping and Christmas festival."  This year  it is bitterly cold, very icy and in some parts of the UK knee deep in snow!  Well almost. During our late night Christmas Shopping on Hayling Island we import snow machines to bring that festive air, we might not actually need them this time!

It's a festive evening in our small seaside village where we have carousels and side shows in the road (closed to traffic). There are carol singers, roast chestnuts and stalls. Our local bakery, Heidi's, gives out their delicious mince pies with free coffee, and in the small independent shops there is mulled wine, sherry and orange juice, even the estate agents and funeral directors have stalls, no they aren't selling cut price property or coffins but usually bric-a-brac for charity.  The community police are usually there along with the fire engine.

In 2007 I was in the local bookshop signing copies of my crime novels.  I was also there last year and will be dropping in this year but my good friend the author Dee Williams will be in the Hayling Island Bookshop signing copies of her latest saga A Moment to Remember.


Pauline Rowson (left) with Dee Williams (right)

Dee is a lovely bubbly person and an accomplished writer. If you're in the area do come along and join in the fun, and don't forget to pop into the Hayling Island Bookshop.  Here's hoping for a lovely evening.

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