Church to hold final festive fair

CLOSING: St Teresa's Church, in Braemar Road.
CLOSING: St Teresa's Church, in Braemar Road.

PARISHIONERS are hoping to make their final Christmas fair one to remember as their church prepares to close.

St Teresa’s Church, in Braemar Road, will close its doors for the last time, after mass on Sunday, July 26 next year.

The closure is part of a radical overhaul of the Catholic Church in Hartlepool that will see a number of vigil masses cut, as previously reported by the Mail.

But before the church’s final days, parishioners are planning their last-ever St Teresa’s Christmas fair.

It will take place at the church on Saturday, November 22, from 1pm-3.30pm.

There will be various stalls to suit everyone as well as a visit from Father Christmas.

These include bric-a-brac, jewellery, Santa’s grotto, a bottle stall, handmade crafts, cake and Christmas stall and tombola stall.

There will also be a raffle with prizes of money and gifts.

Pat Walker, from the church, expressed her sadness at the news that the church is closing, as it has been her local parish all of her life.

But she said she and other members of the church are determined that the festive fair would be a big success.

She said: “It’s that time of the year again when we are planning for Christmas.

“I’m sorry to say, as you may of heard, that St Teresa’s Church will be closing in July next year.

“So this is our last fair, which is very sad to report but I want to try to make this fair a success so we can go out with a bang.”

Ms Walker thanked the Mail for helping to promote its previous events over the years and helping to make them a success.