Christmas market returns with a new look

A busy scene at the Greatham Village Christmas market last year.
A busy scene at the Greatham Village Christmas market last year.
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Greatham Christmas Market returns with a new look this year.

Santa Claus, stalls selling hand crafts and food and prize raffles will help to spread the festive cheer as they have done for many years.

But there is a new team organising the festivities led by village couple Jonathan and Hayley Hall.

And instead of being on the village green, this year the market will be held at the Bull and Dog pub as Greatham Community Centre is currently undergoing refurbishment works.

The market takes place on Saturday, December 5, from 4pm.

Jonathan said: “I got involved because I thought it would be a shame if the market did not happen this year.

“It has been going on in the village for 60 odd years and gets a good turnout.

“We hope people will come along and enjoy the entertainment and a festive drink and that it will get bigger and bigger each year.”

A magician will entertain with a Christmas-themed show and youngsters can write letters to Santa and see the man himself.

Over a dozen stalls will line the car park selling hand made goods while St John the Baptist Church will have their own stand.

Greatham Primary School’s choir will sing carols around a new tree that is being bought thanks to generous donations by local businesses.

Jonathan thanked contributors including the Hospital of God, Jayne Gallagher at the Bull and Dog, Greatham Feast Committee, Ian Hutchinson Building Services and local decorator Steve Clapp.

Proceeds will pay for Greatham school’s Christmas disco.