HUNDREDS of festive funseekers who enjoyed a Christmas village event helped to raise £1,300 for a primary school.
Organisers of the very first Elwick Christmas Market Spectacular were delighted with a turn out of around 500 people as the village was turned into a festive setting at the weekend.
People from and around the town enjoyed dozens of market stalls in a marquee set up on the village green while youngsters got the chance to meet Santa and enjoyed various Christmas crafts.
Friends of Elwick members, who organised the event, were over the moon with the turn out and feedback they received.
And the event was capped off when they discovered the total amount raised for St Peter’s Elwick CE Primary School was £1,300.
“It’s a fantastic figure, more than we imagined to be honest,” said Friends of Elwick vice-chair Steve Mailen.
“To get around 500 people there was brilliant, especially considering it was absolutely freezing on Saturday.
“Everybody thought it was fantastic and we got loads of good feedback.”
Mini steam trains were running around the village at the event, which Steve said was particularly popular.
And after the success of the first Christmas Market Spectacular, Steve didn’t rule out the Friends of Elwick organising the event again next year.
“It’s definitely something we will look at,” he added.
“Everybody enjoyed it which was obviously the main thing, and it raised all that money for the school.”