Knitters help to make new decorations

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Knitters are adding a special twist to Christmas festivities in Whitley Bay this year.

Knitting and crochet enthusiasts are creating handmade baubles to decorate the town’s Christmas tree, which will be on display as part of the festive celebrations at Whitley Bay Metro station.

Ring-a-Rosie and Papercuts have also pledged their support and the Customer First Centre at Whitley Bay Library will act as a drop off point for anyone who has knitted, crocheted or crafted a handmade decoration at home as well as any donations of left-over wool, yarns or materials.

Whitley Bay Big Local is running special knit and natter sessions at its pop-up shop on Park View between 10am and 2pm every Friday during September.

Lucy Eckford, Whitley Bay Big Local board member, said: “Christmas is set to be bigger and better than ever before in Whitley Bay.

“As well as the hugely popular St Nicholas Festival, this year there are also plans for a Winter Wonderland event at the end of November where the specially decorated tree will be unveiled.

“The handmade decorations will add an extra special touch.”

Whitley Bay Big Local has also teamed up with the Friends of Station Road to support their efforts to raise £6,000 in order to light up Whitley Bay Metro station with festive decorations.

The amount is being raised through a number of initiatives including the sale of Big Little Lottery tickets and a Space Hive fundraising page, with design options for the lights being drawn up by North Tyneside Council.