HARTLEPOOL people were today urged to buy local by supporting the businesses in a town enterprise centre.
The call for residents to spend their cash in town came from bosses at Hartlepool Enterprise Centre, in Brougham Terrace.
The centre is holding a fair with a Victorian theme on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28.
Doors open from 10am-3pm with all guests invited to enjoy a free festive mince pie with every drink bought. There will also be stalls with handmade gifts, stocking fillers, candles, cakes, ladies clothing and beauty therapies.
Centre manager Andrea Miles said: “This is something we look forward to holding every year. It’s a great way for the town’s residents to come out and support Hartlepool’s Buy Local campaign buying their Christmas gifts from local businesses instead of looking further afield.”
Businesses taking part include Truly Scrumptious Cakes, Trading Treasures, Altered Images, Diamond Dolls Hair & Beauty, Clockworks, Duran Photography, Connoisseur Crafts, Awoken and Exclusive Wall Art.
Brougham School will also be spreading the Christmas cheer, singing carols from 1pm as they display the shortlisted designs in the Christmas Card competition sponsored by the Enterprise Centre, on Thursday, November 27.
The theme of designs this year is ‘what I love most about Christmas’, and children aged from four to 11 at the school are taking part and putting their best creations forward.
Andrea added: “We are delighted to have children from the local school joining us again, not only do they provide a perfect festive backdrop with their brilliant singing, they also give visitors a chance to see their creative talents.”
Tombolas and a prize draw will be held on the Friday of the two-day event, with prizes donated by Enterprise Centre businesses.
All proceeds from the tombola and prize draws will go to local charities.