Penguins are star attraction at Welling Christmas Bazaar

PUBLISHED: 13:10 17 November 2010

Penguin fair

Penguin fair


This pair of unusual visitors were the star attraction for 2,000 residents who flocked to a Christmas Bazaar.

Humboldt penguin

The South American Humboldt penguins were hired from a company which supplies animals for films and television, for the Christmas Bazaar at St Mary the Virgin church in Wickham Street, Welling, last Friday (12) and Saturday (13).

Kept behind a penguin barrier, the penguins’ handlers were inundated with lots of inquisitive children asking questions.

The penguins are named after the cold water current they swim in, which in turn is named after explorer Alexander von Humboldt.

Churchwarden Gavin Jackman, said: “This was a record breaking Christmas Bazaar for St Mary’s, more than 2,000 people visited us over the two days. From babes in arms to 90-year-old identical twins there was something for everyone.”

As well as nearly 50 games and stalls, visitors feasted on roast chestnuts whilst children danced to the music from the Dutch street organ.

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