People of all ages across the region got in the party mood by donning their colourful Christmas jumpers.
Workers in Hartlepool and East Durham embraced the growing tradition of wearing the festive pullovers on what for many was their last day at work before the Christmas break.
At Bannatyne Care Home, in Peterlee, residents and staff entered the spirit of the occasion and used it to raise money for their activities fund.
Activities co-ordinator Dawn Minto said: “We all wore our Christmas jumpers and residents who didn’t have one put stickers on and we raised about £65 for our residents fund.” The fund pays for entertainment, trips out and parties.
Staff at McDonald’s, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, had a ball in their festive clothing yesterday.
Business manager Denise Noble went even further, painting her face as a snowman and topping off the look with a Christmas tree hat.
The franchise laid on a table of cup cakes and treats and children got their faces painted.
Users and service providers at Warren Road Day Centre and the Centre for Independent Living, in Havelock Street, raised £100 for ITV’s Text Santa Appeal in their yuletide outfits.
Workers in the day services, direct care and support team and tele care and PLD social work team all took part in the appeal which raised money for the Make A Wish Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support and Save The Children.
Hartlepool Mail staff also threw themselves into the fun wearing jaunty jumpers in the office while producing the paper and websites.