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Village pub turns back clock for Dickensian Christmas party

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A Dickensian-themed Christmas party has gone down a storm with locals undeterred by earlier blustery weather.

More than 50 people turned out to the Punch Bowl Inn in Marton-cum-Grafton, where chestnuts were roasted on fire pits in the courtyard, and served alongside warm mince pies and mulled wine while the village choir performed traditional carols under the stars.

Manager Daniel Rushton said:

“Twice a year we throw a party in the Punch Bowl courtyard for our regulars, who despite the winds and rain from earlier in the day, turned out in their dozens to celebrate with us.”

The Punch Bowl Inn, which dates back to the 16th Century, was greatly extended in the Dickensian Era as it grew with the village.

Today it is part of Provenance Inns, an independent group of five individual North Yorkshire pubs located in “villages you’d like to live in”.

Dickensian Christmas
Schoolgirls Maddy Bennison and Isabel Brown, both 12, who were roasting chestnuts on a fire pit as part of the Punch Bowl Inn’s Dickensian Christmas celebrations

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