Christmas planned for Dome

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A TOUCH of festive cheer is being brought to Whitley Bay as traders look to build on a popular event.

The annual St Nicholas Festival is due to take place in the town on December 2 and 3.

And members of the Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade have organised a Christmas Fair to take place on Sunday, December 4 – meaning three days of Christmas fun in the town.

The fair will take place inside the Spanish City Dome from 11am to 3pm and a number of traders are lined up to take part.

Lisa Mitchell, owner of Escape boutique and deputy chamber chairman, said: “The idea is to show that Whitley Bay can meet many people’s needs and encourage locals to use and support their town in the run up to Christmas.

“We want to create a real Christmas atmosphere. There is a lot the town can provide.

“We’d like to build on this event and have it every year.

“The last time the Dome was open there was 3,000 visitors. It’s such an iconic building and this is another chance for people to visit it.”

There will be dozens of stalls featuring Whitley Bay businesses, selling a wide range of gifts and products, and a tombola.

The fair will also feature a Santa’s grotto, festive artwork produced by local school children, music and entertainment from local theatre groups, as well as food and refreshments from traders in the town.

Both North Tyneside Council and preferred developers of the Spanish City site, Robertson, have given their backing to the fair.