PARISHIONERS are set to celebrate a church’s diamond jubilee.
St Teresa’s Church, in Braemar Road, Hartlepool, will reach the landmark on October 1 and there are plans in place to stage a large scale mass.
Church bosses are already organising the event and have got parishioners and local businesses involved.
Beryl Wanley, pastoral leader at the church, said: “It will soon be 60 years since the church opened its doors and we wanted to celebrate this landmark occasion.
“Services at the church are well attended and there is standing room only for special occasions.”
A fundraising campaign has been launched to help pay for the event and one was held at the weekend.
To raise some money to help pay for the flowers, leaders at the Catholic church organised an exhibition for small businesses to sell goods.
A host of items were on offer at the weekend show including flower arrangements, soft toys, homemade cards, cakes and holistic therapies.
The exhibition was held at the Belle Vue Social Club, in Kendal Road, Hartlepool, on Sunday.
It raised a total of £85, which is enough to pay for the flowers for the diamond jubilee celebrations next month.
Another event is due to take place at the Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre, also in Kendal Road, to help raise money to pay for a videographer to record a DVD of the mass and other celebrations, which would then be available for sale.
No date has yet been set for the second fundraiser.
Beryl Wanley, pastoral leader at the church, said: “I am really grateful for the people that attended and for producing some wonderful displays.
“The event didn’t raise a lot of money, but it showed the loyalty and determination of the people who run these small businesses from home.
“They make all of the products themselves and we had a good range of items for sale.
“There was also a raffle and a tombola. This was a small exhibition to promote their work and to raise money for the diamond jubilee celebrations.
“We are hoping the next event will be bigger and better.”
Mayor Stuart Drummond was on hand to officially open the exhibition at the Belle Vue Social Club.