Market a success

Helen Devanny with her daughters Molly (centre) and Ruby. Picture By FRANK REID

Helen Devanny with her daughters Molly (centre) and Ruby. Picture By FRANK REID

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ORGANISERS of Greatham Christmas Market have thanked supporters for making the event another cracker.

Families braved the cold last Sunday afternoon to join in the fun and games and browse an assortment of stalls on The Green.

Festive music filled the air and children posed for snaps next to Santa’s colourful sleigh.

There was also the chance for youngsters to meet Father Christmas, who set up his grotto inside Greatham Community Centre.

Scores of local charities set up stall at the market raising hundreds of pounds for their causes.

Mike McKie, chairman of Greatham Christmas Market committee, said: “We had a fantastic turn-out and everybody enjoyed themselves.

“A lot of charities made a really good profit this year.

“We would like to thank everybody for their support in making it another memorable day.”

Mike said people travelled from far and wide to attend the market.

The festivities were officially opened by Councillor Carl Richardson, leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, and his Lady Sarah Maness.

Hartlepool’s Manor West Project supplied a marquee for the event and youngsters warmed themselves up by making the most of a bouncy castle.

Charities raising money at the market included Greatham’s Stichell House nursing home, John the Baptist Church and Hartlepool Fostering Association.

Scores of businesses provided prizes for a grand raffle with a 40-inch TV and £100 cash as the top prizes.

Proceeds from the raffle will fund next year’s market plus other community events.

The market committee is funding Greatham Primary School’s Christmas party on Monday and hopes to team up with other village groups to help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year.

Mike added: “All the money gets spent on next year’s market and back into the community.”