A period approach to annual festive market

People were  invited to step back in time with Tyne and Wear Metro and meet John Fleet and Maggie Richardson from the North Shields Victorian Christmas Market Partnership dressed as Victorian passengers as they disembarked at the newly rebuilt and upgraded North Shields Metro station for the North Shields Victorian Christmas Market.
People were invited to step back in time with Tyne and Wear Metro and meet John Fleet and Maggie Richardson from the North Shields Victorian Christmas Market Partnership dressed as Victorian passengers as they disembarked at the newly rebuilt and upgraded North Shields Metro station for the North Shields Victorian Christmas Market.

PASSENGERS went back in time in readiness for an annual festive attraction.

The North Shields Victorian Christmas Market, now in its 14th year, attracts thousands of people from around the country.

And this year’s two-day event – on December 8 and 9 – is being sponsored by Tyne and Wear Metro.

Ahead of the event, a group of Victorian passengers were welcomed to the new-look North Shields Metro station to show the convienence of using the system to get to the market, held in nearby Northumberland Square.

John Fleet, chairman of the North Shields Victorian Christmas Market Partnership, said: “The event really is a highlight on the Christmas calendar for locals and visitors alike and is the perfect opportunity for people to embrace the festivities.

“We’ve had a fantastic response from stallholders and are now fully booked.”

Sharon Kelly, customer service director at Tyne and Wear Metro, said: “We’re proud to be sponsoring the Victorian Christmas Market in North Shields for the very first time.”

The market is delivered in partnership between North Tyneside Council, North Shields Chamber of Trade, the Beacon Shopping Centre, the YMCA and supported by Metro, Kier North Tyneside and Home Group.