Christmas fair keeps festive spirits high

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Excited schoolchildren met Santa Clause while local businesses sold festive treats when Procter and Gamble threw open its doors for a Christmas fair.

More than 500 employees packed the event at P&G’s Cobalt Business Park Financial Services Centre in North Tyneside where 21 local businesses set up stalls packed with produce.

Phil Clark, deputy head at Hadrian Park First School, brought 12 children along to the P&G office to sing a variety of festival songs.

Across the first half of the school year, P&G have been attending Hadrian Park School to deliver the Number Partners initiative, which builds confidence in maths by the playing of board games.

To say thank you, the children aged between nine and 11, spent around 45 minutes performing before being presented with selection boxes from Santa.

This is the second P&G Christmas Fayre and it is the start of the Christmas fundraising activities on site.  Many of the traders left donations which are used to raise funds for their Cobalt Charities.

Cobalt Community Matters’ Richard Conroy said: “The whole event was a great success, with a great range of traders on site and it was a great opportunity to get some early Christmas shopping done without having to go too far.”