Santa Claus has come to town!

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HERE is another chance to see how the festive spirit was high during three events.

Scores of people donned their festive gear to take part in this year’s Hartlepool & District Hospice Santa Fun Run at Ward Jackson Park, in Hartlepool.

Hospice events fundraiser Greg Hildreth said around £3,500 was expected to pour in from the event.

Christmas came early in Elwick with a magical day of festivities.

The village was packed as people turned out in force to enjoy the Elwick Christmas Market Spectacular.

Festive lights beamed around the village after a grand switch-on while children enjoyed the chance to meet Santa in his grotto set up in the McOrville Inn.

A mini-steam train spent the day circling the village – to the delight of youngsters, while adults had their hands full with dozens of stalls in a marquee set up on the village green.

The event, which was the first of its kind in the village, was organised by the Friends of Elwick group and all of the money raised will be handed to St Peter’s Elwick CE Primary School.

The event came after Santa Claus arrived at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience where he will have his own grotto.

People can visit Santa from December 8 to Christmas Eve from 2pm-4pm each day.




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