Festive delight

Pony and trap rides for the youngsters at the Elwick Village Christmas event.
Pony and trap rides for the youngsters at the Elwick Village Christmas event.

THE organisers of a village’s festive spectacular have hailed the fun-filled event as a huge success.

Dozens of residents got into the festive spirit by enjoying the activities, stalls and games on offer at the Elwick Christmas Spectacular.

Santa made an appearance in the village to the delight of youngsters while a miniature steam train transported the smiling children around the village to take part in the various activities on offer.

Meanwhile, residents took the opportunity to cast their eyes over the numerous stalls set up on the day offering all sorts of festive gifts.

The event at the weekend was organised by the Friends of Elwick group and all of the money raised on the day is to be donated to St Peter’s Elwick CE Primary School.

Organisers are still to confirm the exact amount raised but revealed their delight at the response from kind-hearted residents.

Steve Mailen, a resident in the village and member of the Friends of Elwick group, said: “We had an absolutely fantastic day.

“Everyone really enjoyed themselves and the feedback we have had since has been great.

“Last year’s event was great so this year we just tried to build on that again and it was a huge success.”

As well as the steam engine, youngsters took the opportunity to enjoy pony carriage rides.

The village green was transformed into a festive setting with market stalls dotted around Elwick for Saturday’s event.

Hot food and festive drinks were also on offer to residents.

Steve added: “We tried to ensure we had as many stalls, activities and events on throughout the day for all of the family.

“We always get a fantastic response from residents when we organise events and this was no different.

“We would just like to say a big thanks to everyone who came along and supported the Christmas Spectacular and helped to raise money on the day which will all be donated to the school.”