Thousands step back in time for festive event

Crowds enjoying the Victorian Christmas Market.

Crowds enjoying the Victorian Christmas Market.

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THOUSANDS of festive bargain hunters descended on North Shields at the weekend for one of the biggest Christmas events on the borough calendar.

Shoppers from across the north east ventured to the traditional Victorian Christmas Market, which returned to the town for the 14th year, attracting big crowds eager to see the seasonal entertainment and stalls on offer.

This year’s event saw more than 100 stalls selling a wide range of gifts, crafts, food and more among the attractions at the market, held in Northumberland Square.

Visitors were treated to a falconry display, carol singing, brass bands, school choirs, street entertainers and small fairground rides as they browsed the stalls.

There was also the chance to stroke Alpacas and find out more about them and the wool they provide.

“We would like to thank everyone that attended the Victorian Christmas market this year and made it another very successful one,” said John Fleet, town centres manager.

“We’ve had great feedback from visitors, performers and stallholders, all of whom had a wonderful time.

“We can’t wait to get started with planning the next one,” he added.

The market is organised by a partnership including North Tyneside Council, North Shields Chamber of Trade, Beacon shopping centre, YMCA, churches and schools from the borough.

The event was also supported this year by Kier North Tyneside, Metro and Home Group.

A gallery of photographs from this year’s event is available to view online now at www.victorianmarket.co.uk