PICTURES: A Dickens of a day at Buxton’s Devonshire Dome

Dickensian Market, Lesley Crowther, Sophie Goodwin and Sadie Moss-Heywood from the 2nd Burbage and St Annes Guides and Rangers are congratulated by the Mayor and Mayoress after winning the shield for best stall
Dickensian Market, Lesley Crowther, Sophie Goodwin and Sadie Moss-Heywood from the 2nd Burbage and St Annes Guides and Rangers are congratulated by the Mayor and Mayoress after winning the shield for best stall
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Buxton took a step back in time on Saturday as the Devonshire Dome was transformed into an indoor Dickensian street market.

The University of Derby campus came alive with an abundance of costumed characters, charity stalls, musicians and circus performers.

Dickensian Market, master of ceremonies Bill Weston

Dickensian Market, master of ceremonies Bill Weston

Now in its 23rd year, the market has helped raise around £200,000 for local good causes.

The recent closure of the event’s usual home - the Pavilion Gardens’ Octagon hall - for major structural repairs forced market organisers to seek out a new venue.

“Fortunately the University of Derby’ Buxton Campus came to the rescue, allowing the Dickensian Market to be held in another of Buxton’s iconic buildings, the magnificent Devonshire Dome,” explained High Peak Mayoral Charity Committee Chairman, Bill Weston MBE.

“The High Peak Mayoral Charities Committee members, university staff, a number of selected students and other volunteers combined their efforts to create a ‘business as usual’ event.

Dickensian Market, Mayor Stewart Young has a go on the Buxton Wells Dressing's stall with Richard Lower

Dickensian Market, Mayor Stewart Young has a go on the Buxton Wells Dressing's stall with Richard Lower

“The day went well in a very friendly and casual atmosphere, with the many stall holders expressing their pleasure. It is expected that the event next year will again be at the Dome, but hopefully later in the month, nearer to Christmas.”

Dickensian Market, manning the giant tombola Anne Pimblett, Maureen Kitchen and Glynis Kirk

Dickensian Market, manning the giant tombola Anne Pimblett, Maureen Kitchen and Glynis Kirk

Dickensian Market, the events new home in the Dome

Dickensian Market, the events new home in the Dome