Pupils light way for hundreds of festival visitors

Whitley Bay Schools' Lantern Walk from Marine Park First School to St Paul's Church, Whitley Bay.
Whitley Bay Schools' Lantern Walk from Marine Park First School to St Paul's Church, Whitley Bay.

THOUSANDS of people descended on Whitley Bay last week as a popular event returned for its 14th year.

The two days of festivities that made up the St Nicholas Festival helped draw in the crowds last Friday and Saturday.

Traders from France and Northumberland set up their stalls in the town centre, selling a wide range of goods including honey, cheese, cakes, fresh bread, patisseries, meats and gifts.

And hundreds of children from local schools – Star of the Sea RC Primary plus Whitley Lodge, Marine Park and Rockcliffe first schools – took part in a lantern procession on the Friday to mark the festival launch.

The procession went up Park Avenue to St Paul’s Church where the lights in the church’s grounds were lit up before the celebrations continued inside.

On Sunday, members of Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade held their Christmas Fair in the Spanish City Dome.

More than 40 traders took part, highlighting the range of goods on offer in the town centre while there was entertainment for children.