I went for a potter around Winchester the other day, for a spot of Christmas shopping. Warm sunshine and bright blue skies didn’t create a very wintery feel, but there was a slight chill in the wind, and a huge Christmas tree, adorned with twinkling lights took centre stage in the shopping centre. Hundreds of people were hurrying to and fro, arms laden with bulging bags of Christmas goodies and seasonal surprises. Festive lights strung from rooftop to rooftop across the streets swung gently in the breeze and between the laughter and the chatter, and over the distant traffic, the sound of music filled the streets. At intervals along the streets, several buskers were performing music to suit many different tastes. People were gathered in groups around them, standing, sitting or leaning however suited them, enjoying the tunes and the happy atmosphere.
A group I particularly enjoyed was the Threepenny Bit (photo above), who played some very lively Folk and Ceilidh music; it’s worth listening out for the “half-price buskers” if you’re in the area!