Christmas market in memory of Chris

Chris Hanson
Chris Hanson

An annual Christmas event will hold a very special meaning to villagers this year following the death of a much loved parish councillor.

This year’s Christmas Market at Bempton will commemorate the life of Bempton Parish Councillor Chris Hanson, who passed away following a short period of illness last month.

His friend and colleague, Councillor Richard Burton, said: “Chris was the Vice Chair of the Bempton Market Committee as well as a Parish Councillor for many years. He was a dedicated member of the group and the rest of the team say.

“He was always there to help make the day a great event.

“He will be very sadly missed and we hope to do him proud this year”.

The market will take place on Sunday 15 November and organisers hope to have in excess of 50 stalls along Cliff Lane together with Santa’s Grotto and the usual mix of popular street entertainment.

Claire Boston, committee secretary, added: “We already have a large number of stalls booked onto the market but we still have some spspaces left, so if you are interested please call 01262 850703”

Allthe funds raised from the Grand Raffle on the day will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Chris.

Market Chairman, Councillor Burton, added: “I would like to thank everyone past and present who help to make the market a great success.

“I hope the weather will be kind and that we can make this an extra special year and make a really great occasion.”

Chris, who was a former salesman, was well known for masterminding the superb floral arrangements at Bridlington Railway Station, which caught the attention of national newspapers, television programmes and celebrities.

His friend of 49 years, and owner of the Station Buffet Bar, John Sadler, described him as a “true gentleman”.

“The first thing people would see when they were coming into Bridlington were Chris’ flowers, and the last thing they saw when leaving were his flowers”, said John.

“He was a true gentleman and would do anything for anybody. We were very good friends - he was a true friend to me and he brought life to the station.”

Chris leaves behind his wife Doreen, daughter Mandy, stepchildren Pat, Robert, Denise, Glynis and Lynne.

He also has nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.