Thousands of ‘special’ visitors are aiming to bring a Christmas message to residents.
Around 18,000 knitted angels are expected to make an appearance in secret locations in the next few days.
Last year, 2,300 angels – created by members of the seven Methodist churches in the coastal areas – appeared in Tynemouth with a Christmas message of goodwill.
Now knitters from churches of all denominations, including from as far afield as Canada, have produced more than 18,000 angels this year.
Angel Initiative organisers are staying tight-lipped on exact locations, but the angels are expected to appear between December 18 and 20.
A spokesperson for the project said: “We’re totally amazed by the response this year. So many communities have got together to do this.
“We’ve had 15 angels knitted by a women who is registered blind and children as young as two have been helping to attach the messages of goodwill to the angels.
!We hope that people will not only take an angel away but also feel heartened by the Christmas message tied to it.”