Festive fair brings Christmas spirit to village

Santa with helpers (left to right) Anita Stitt(cor), Nina Bedding and Hazel Leonard at the Elwick Village Christmas fair.
Santa with helpers (left to right) Anita Stitt(cor), Nina Bedding and Hazel Leonard at the Elwick Village Christmas fair.

VILLAGERS gathered together to celebrate Christmas with a festive fair.

For the third year running Elwick in Hartlepool held a Christmas fair for everyone.

Luke Aitken, 10, with Clyde the Barn Owl at the Elwick Village Christmas fair.

Luke Aitken, 10, with Clyde the Barn Owl at the Elwick Village Christmas fair.

One of the organisers, Nick Watson, said he was pleased with the turnout and hoped to have between 200 and 300 visitors during the course of the day.

He said: “It is getting a bit bigger each year. We have our regular stalls and then a few add ons.

“The previous two years it has been freezing cold, but bright, so we were a bit worried when we saw all the rain on the morning, but it wasn’t too bad for the afternoon.”

As well as the usual crafts and stalls there was other fun for the family including rides on miniature trains.

Gosling Raptors, a bird of prey organisation, was also at the event with two owls for the public to hold and stroke.

Sarah Rose, who runs the charity, which rescues and rehabilitates birds of prey said they would be donating half of any money they made on the day to the village school.

She said: “It is really nice event. We are always happy to go along to charity events free of charge.”

A large group of the Wallace family from Throston in Hartlepool went along to the event.

Tracey Wallace, said: “This is the second year we have come to it, we enjoyed it and it’s great for the kids.”

The Walsh family, Richard, 34, his wife, Jude, 35, and children Ewan, two, and three-month-old, Erin, have just moved into Elwick.

Jude said: “There’s quite a lot here and it is great for us to be able to meet other people from the village.”