Christmas event success

Yesterday, on a fine crisp day, many local residents and others from further afield turned out to enjoy activities and shopping in the village centre, whilst raising money in support of Willow Burn and Blooming Shotley Bridge. Colin Briggs, Look North regional newsreader, arrived with Father Christmas to announce the start of the event and enjoyed chatting to local residents during the morning.

Norman Hogg, a committee member of the Village Trust did an excellent job of Town Crier, keeping everyone informed of the programme.

We are especially grateful to the North East Carriage Company who for the fifth consecutive year has  provided the well presented and popular horse and carriage rides, in support of our local charities. Not only do the horses look spectacular but they also help to slow the traffic down.

The day ended with carol singing around the tree to the sound of Consett Brass, which was lit by Father Christmas with an encore of fireworks in the sky. Thank you to local councillors Stephen Robinson and Peter Oliver who continue the tradition of providing the tree and to Scott of Reaction Fireworks who provided the finale.

Thanks also to all the participating businesses, entertainers, school choirs, volunteer stewards from Shotley Bridge Village Trust and the support of the local policing team.

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2 Responses to “Christmas event success”

  1. Pauline Henderson Says:

    Really great photos, lovely to see such a community spirit and so much effort by everyone. Thank you!

  2. David Fisher Says:

    Only our second Christmas in Shotley Bridge and completely blown away by the support the residents have given to this event.
    Imagine how much better it could be if there was good parking facilities!!!

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