History group holds festive fair

Foggy Furze Quilters and Embroiders members(left to right) Lorna Scott, Pauline Screeton and Aileen Knight pictured at their stall.
Foggy Furze Quilters and Embroiders members(left to right) Lorna Scott, Pauline Screeton and Aileen Knight pictured at their stall.

THE organisers of an annual Christmas fair have thanked stall holders for turning out - but admitted their disappointment at the number of visitors they had on the day.

More than 30 stall holders set up for Hartlepool Headland Local History Group’s festive event at the Borough Hall on Sunday.

But whereas organisers normally get as many as 1,000 people turning out and enjoying everything that’s on offer during the day, less than 400 residents chose to attend the event this year.

The group’s chairman said he believes the poor footfall was down to a number of factors but is hoping the turn out is a lot better for events being planned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bombardment next year.

Kevin Kelly said: “It was really quiet on the day which was disappointing.

“We had lovely weather outside and the number of stall holders was fantastic.

“But unfortunately we didn’t get as many people as we would have liked through the door.

“I think it’s down to a number of factors, other events were taking place in the town on Sunday so maybe people chose to go to them instead.

“I would like to thank those people who did turn up though and the stall holders for turning out.

“Everyone who came along enjoyed the event which is nice to see.”

Organisers are still finalising exactly how much was raised on the day.

The history group’s next drop-in session will be held at the Borough Hall next Wednesday, December 11, from 11am-4pm.

Everyone is welcome.