Crowds once again swarmed on the riverside walkway in front of Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe this weekend for the fifth annual Bankside Frost Fair.
"I'm sure you'll all agree that this fifth Bankside Frost Fair will be the best fair we've ever had," Cllr Skelly told the crowd.
This year's returning attractions included the Siberian husky dogs. New for 2007 was the Disney Dream Dome showing recent DVD releases.
"This is a weekend of entertainment which I think is unique in the UK and possibly in Europe on the scale that it is," said Cllr Lorraine Zuleta, Southwark Council's executive member for culture, leisure and sport. "I've been to some of the winter markets in other parts of Europe and they don't compare with Southwark – and it's all of you who make it like that."
It is now five years since the Bankside Frost Fair was re-established as a winter fixture. Its name evokes the fairs held on the frozen Thames between 1607 and 1814. 2007 is the 400th anniversary of the first such fair which was held in 1607.