A TALENTED young entertainer will be performing live at the Mini Christmas Markets in Radcliffe on Saturday.

Alexis Wade, a singer-songwriter, from Ramsbottom, who wrote 22 Reasons, a tribute to victims of the tragic Manchester Arena bombing, which included schoolfriends, will be singing four classic Christmas songs at the markets at East Lancs Paper Mill Cricket Club.

The profits from the market will split, with 10 per cent going towards Liv’s Trust, while the rest Alexis hopes will help fulfill her dream of finding an agent and getting her music on the radio.

Jenny Wade, Alexis’s mum, who has organised the market, said she wanted to give as many local businesses and charities the chance to sell their goods and take part.

Twelve organisations will have stalls at the market, from Lily Bee Goodz to All for Nu, Lilly Lane to Lucy’s Craft Creations.

In addition to Alexis’s renditions of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tees, Merry Chistmas Everyone and White Christmas, the market features stalls where charities and small businesses will be selling hot chocolate, sausages, and mulled wine.

Children and adults can expect a range of festivities from a Santa’s grotto, to a ‘Naughty Elf’ mascot, reindeer-food-making, Christmas craft-making, tombola, face painting and more.

Jenny added: “Liv’s Trust is such a great organisation that allows lower income families with small children to follow their dreams because it is such an expensive industry to break into.

Alexis said: “My passion for music started when I was about seven and I got really into pantomime. It just kept going from there, and I decided to use it to commemorate the victims of the bombing with the song, 22 Reasons, because some of them were schoolfriends, who I was very close to.

“At the market, there’s going to be a variety of stalls and things to get excited about, so we’re hoping there’s going to be something for everyone. Events like this are so important because it’s the time of year when people should come together and experience a bit of magic.

“There will be restrictions and social distancing in place so as many people can come along as possible and so that no one misses out.”

Liv’s Trust is a charity set up by the family of Bury-born Olivia Campbell-Harding, who was killed in the bombing, and helps under-25s in Greater Manchester pursue careers in music and entertainment.

Entry to the market is £2 and stalls will open at 2pm. A visit to Santa’s Grotto, including a gift is £3.

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