Cemetery group hosts festive fun

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A CHRISTMAS concert aimed at remembering loved ones has been hailed a success.

Organisers say the Friends of Stranton Cemetery Christmas Concert of Remembrance proved to be as successful as ever and the staff and pupils from nearby St Aidan’s Primary School put on a “great show”.

The youngsters finished with a specially requested rendition of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at the event held at the Tanfield Road cemetery in Hartlepool.

Organisers say the Christmas Fair had a steady stream of visitors, in spite of the cold conditions.

Vendor Stephanie Ellis said: “We were really pleased with the invitation to the fair and would definitely come along to a Friends of Stranton Cemetery event again.

“It was a fantastic day in a fabulous setting - the wonderful friendly atmosphere made sure that a great time had by sellers and attendees alike.”

Susan Connor, chairwoman of Friends of Stranton Cemetery, said: “We’re hoping to add a Christmas Fair to the list of events that we now run annually and fundraising events like it, together with the funding and support of local businesses will enable us to keep up the momentum of work we carry our in the cemetery.

“With a busy timetable being drawn up at the moment, 2014 is looking to be our busiest year yet.”

The overall aim of The Friends of Stranton Cemetery group, in Tanfield Road, is to raise awareness of the site, help ensure it remains a peaceful environment and keep crime to an absolute minimum.

For further details about any of the events people should call (01429) 273734.