Crowds went loco for this year's Isleworth Christmas Market as they joined Santa on board the popular land train.

Swan Court was transformed into west London's answer to the Grand Bazaar on Saturday, as shoppers browsed 40 stalls selling goods including handmade jewellery, Christmas cards and preserves.

Well over 2,000 people attended Isleworth's second annual festive market, according to organisers, where they also lapped up seasonal delights from the food stalls outside in South Street.

Revellers unwound on the helter skelter, hopped on board the Woodlands Express land train and visited Santa in his grotto during the day.

 

As the dark descended, Hounslow mayor Corinna Smart added some sparkle by switching on the illuminations, and Duelling Mics got the hordes singing along.

The market was the highlight of a busy calendar of events organised under the Inspiring Isleworth banner this year.

Inspiring Isleworth publicity officer Nowell Anderson said turnout was up on last year, with an estimated 2,400 people attending during the day.

"It was an outstanding event and a real day to remember. I would like to thank everyone who made it happen, especially Alicia Powell, Molly Khandan-Nia and Councillor Sue Sampson, who came up with the idea for the market," he added.

Proceeds from the market, which have yet to be counted, will be split between three local charities: Hounslow Community FoodBox, St Bridget's Tuesday Club and Guardian Angels Animal Support.

Among the stall holders at the market were five Osterley scouts raising funds to travel to next year's World Scout Jamboree in Japan by ladling out mulled wine and running a tombola.

Meanwhile, Isleworth Public Hall hosted performances from Isleworth Actors Company members, giving a taster of shows coming to the venue next year.

Visitors to the hall also enjoyed a history talk from Hounslow Heritage Guide Christine Diwell and Christmas tunes from Voiceworks Singing Workshop and Isleworth Baroque during the afternoon.

Various other local groups were also given the chance to showcase their activities at the event, organised by the Friends of Isleworth Public Hall.